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Camavinga picks Man City midfielder as his toughest opponent and Real Madrid legend as his best teammate

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Currently suffering from an ACL knock, it has been a difficult season for Eduardo Camavinga.

Despite signing a contract extension, the midfielder’s injury means he will miss a significant part of the campaign, thus stifling his growth.

Presently recovering from the ACL knock, Camavinga recently did a Q&A interaction (h/t JD Football), where he was asked about his favourite Real Madrid teammate and the toughest opponent, among other things.

Camavinga’s toughest opponent

Camavinga had no second thoughts when asked about the toughest opponent he has ever faced in his career.

The former Rennes starlet hailed Manchester City superstar Bernardo Silva. Camavinga faced Bernardo last year in the UEFA Champions League.

Camavinga has the utmost admiration for Bernardo Silva (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

At the time, the Portuguese international was in full flow, producing a series of good performances. Even earlier in the year, Silva bagged a brace in Man City’s 4-0 win over Real Madrid, in the first leg of the Champions League semifinal.

Camavinga’s best player and favourite legend

Camavinga was further asked about the best player he has played with at Real Madrid. The Frenchman had only one answer – Karim Benzema.

The star striker, who left Real Madrid in the summer, had played with Camavinga for a few years. Curiously, they were also the best years of his life at Real Madrid, with the striker notably winning the Ballon d’Or title.

Lastly, Camavinga was asked about one Real Madrid legend he would have liked to play with.

The midfielder named another compatriot in Zinedine Zidane. “I think every French player will say Zidane, so for me, it’s Zidane,” he said.

Camavinga could have played under the leadership of Zidane had he joined Real Madrid a bit earlier. However, with Zidane being one of the candidates to replace Carlo Ancelotti, it appears the window has not fully closed just yet.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’

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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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