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Camavinga opens up on his areas of improvement: “Scoring goals, fouls, focus”



Eduardo Camavinga’s career has truly taken off this season. After being overshadowed by Aurelie Tchouameni for a large part of the opening months, the midfielder got his chance and did not let go.

Since the return of club football after the FIFA World Cup, the Frenchman has become a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti as a result of his quality and versatility. Not only has he made decisive contributions as a midfielder but has also been solid as a left-back this term.

Camavinga’s season to this point has been a thing of beauty. The youngster’s astronomical ascent up the pecking order has, however, not come for free and he explained the hard work behind the scenes and the tools that helped him reach his current level(h/t Madrid Universal).

“I have an app to see how many times and where I touched the ball during the game. I always self-criticise and try to improve. If they say I had a good game but I think I did not, then I consider it a bad match.”

Self-criticism is the best trait any professional sportsperson can have, and Camavinga had no dearth of it. Questioned about his loose ends, he did not hesitate to publicly acknowledge and share his flaws with the world.

“I need to improve my focus and concentration because sometimes I disappear on the pitch. I also should use my right foot better. I will work hard, I can do better.”

The swift one-legged ground tackle has become Camavinga’s trademark move on the field. He revealed the inspiration behind the skill and why it was so effective.

“I was watching Benjamin André in Rennes. He tackled a lot with one knee on the ground, which allowed him to get up quickly, now I use that and it’s effective.”

The French protege then admitted to wanting to improve his finishing. With arguably the best striker in the world, Karim Benzema on his side, his plan for improvement unsurprisingly involved advice from his fellow Frenchman.

“I talked with Karim, I want to improve my finishing and score more goals. Most of the times I’m inside the box, I rush and don’t make the right choices.”

Camavinga went on to detail his steady improvement in terms of tackling and winning challenges cleanly, a facet he used to struggle with early on in his Real Madrid career.

“My weakness was fouls. When I arrived I used to foul my opponents a lot. But then I worked with the coach, and got used to clean tackles. I still practice and train to make it better.”

Finally, the midfield sensation talked about the change in position he has seen this season from an interior to a defensive midfielder and the factors that led to the course-altering decision.

“I never used to defend, I was always playing in attack. When I arrived in training, I tried to play as a a number 6 and I liked it. My strengh is to recover a lot of balls, but I don’t focus only on tackling. I like interceptions a lot.”

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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