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Camavinga names Real Madrid legend as idol, reminisces Champions League triumph with club: “It was crazy”

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Speaking to Real Madrid TV (h/t Mundo Deportivo), midfield prodigy Eduardo Camavinga opened up on winning the UEFA Champions League in his very first season at the club, terming the experience as ‘crazy’.

Camavinga was signed by Real Madrid in the summer of 2021 from Rennes, in a deal worth around €30 million.

Even though he had a relatively slow start to life at the Santiago Bernabeu under manager Carlo Ancelotti, the French midfield sensation played his part in the Merengues winning the Champions League, La Liga, and the Spanish Super Cup.

Reminiscing the UCL triumph ahead of Real Madrid’s Round of 16 clash against RB Leipzig tomorrow, Camavinga said:

“The 2022 Champions League in my first season was crazy. The road was even crazier, I was talking to the others and they had never experienced anything like that before.

“We were losing and we came back, we felt a lot of emotions from the beginning to the end. The road to winning it made the victory even better.”

“I will always remember the moment when I received the trophy because it was my first title,” he further added.

Camavinga then went on to stress the importance of the Champions League for himself and Real Madrid ahead of tomorrow’s match, saying:

“The Champions League is important for the club and for me too. The fact that I’ve already won it helps. I have a lot more experience in the competition but I want to win a lot more.”

Tomorrow’s game will be played away in Germany, with the second-leg tie set to go down at the Santiago Bernabeu in early March. Hailing the atmosphere at Real Madrid’s home turf, Camavinga remarked:

“I started playing as soon as I arrived, so I didn’t have time to see my face in the stadium. The first thing I remember is the anthem, it’s incredible, sometimes I sing it when I arrive on the pitch. It’s an iconic, legendary stadium. It’s the best club in the world and I only have good memories.”

Discussing what it means to play for Real Madrid, he added: “The fact that I play for the best team in the world is an immense source of pride. You have to celebrate it every day because not everyone has the opportunity to play here.”

Finally, signing off, Camavinga went on to name Real Madrid legend Zinedine Zidane as his idol, saying:

“Zidane is an idol for the French. I discovered him through YouTube and through my father, who also loves football. I’m proud to follow in the footsteps of my idol.”

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Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano

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As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.

It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.

Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.

Real Madrid will not pay crazy money

Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.

The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.

So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.

Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.

But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.

In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.

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