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Camavinga talks Real Madrid stint, World Cup call-up, substitute role, favourite position

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Eduardo Camavinga sat down with GOAL Spain to express his views on the World Cup, along with his status in the Real Madrid team. He also talked about his desire to become a more prominent member of the club’s first-team plans.

The young midfielder joined Real Madrid last year but has largely had to make do with a substitute role, even though he made an impression in some important matches for Los Blancos especially in the final phase of the UEFA Champions League last season.

Called up to the French national team for the FIFA World Cup 2022, the 20-year-old’s inclusion was not entirely expected. But the injuries to N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba helped his case as he earned a spot in Didier Deschamps’ plans.

Camavinga’s interview comes just before the upcoming Tunisia game, where he is expected to start for a French team that have already sealed qualification for the Round of 16. Here are excerpts from his interview.

On being selected for World Cup squad: “No, I wouldn’t say I was surprised, but I did have my doubts. I didn’t really know if they were going to select me. But I had confidence. Of course, there were people who weren’t there and that allowed me to come back here. And when my name appeared on the list, I was very happy.”

On whether he is a ‘luxury substitute’: “When you’re a footballer, you want to play every game. I don’t want to say it’s annoying, but you have to be patient. I don’t want to have this status all my life. You have to realize that there are a lot of people ahead of me. I have to learn from them and then my time will come”.

On how to tackle the situation: “Simply, with performances on the field that lead me to start. Being versatile is necessarily an advantage. When you are versatile, you have more possibilities to play because you can play in more positions.”

On being patient: “There is a reality at Real Madrid: there are good players ahead of me. I can’t say I like it because being on the bench is not pleasant either. You have to be patient”.

On talks of him being better coming on from the bench: “I don’t really have an explanation. When I arrive, I don’t necessarily have time to think about what I’m going to do, I give my best to help the team. It’s true that last year I helped a lot as a substitute, I know that.”

On whether playing for Real Madrid helps to compete in the World Cup: “Our history in the Champions League has been made up of difficult games, with games we have won at the last minute.

“I think that can help me because I know that if we lose at a given moment, we must not give up. And that you can turn around to the mountains anytime, even if you lose 90+2. That was the lesson of our European triumph last year.”

On the Manchester City game last season: “When I came in, we were at a disadvantage and I managed to be decisive. It must be one of my best games.

“It’s true, but people are going to base themselves on those games and they’re not going to watch the ones I played before. But, of course, the game against City is one of my best games since I’ve been at Real Madrid. I’ve rewatched some of the plays, I still get chills when I see them.”

On the Chelsea game: “It was the same as against City. We were losing and we felt that gain of power after scoring the goal and then we followed it. For my part, I had an extra boost of motivation because at that moment we were out. And the fact that we came back, we gave it our all and scored quickly, it gave us more energy”.

On favourite role and style of play: “As a No. 6 in front of the defence. Afterwards, you can’t have everything and you have to adapt. My style of play is to recover many balls, play forward, dribble, take risks and win duels.”

On players he can learn from at Real Madrid: “I can play in several positions, so I am inspired by several players. Casemiro won many defensive duels. Luka Modric is also capable of winning defensive and offensive duels, he has eyesight, and vision of the game. Kroos is important in the game with his incredible passing quality”.

On being versatile: “Yes, it’s true. I have qualities that allow me to play in different positions, so I would say that it is still an advantage. As I said, being versatile is an advantage, because you have more opportunities to be on the pitch.

“If there’s a free spot, you can play in it, so that’s an advantage. You have to have more strings to your bow to be able to get as much playing time as possible.”

On how to nail down the number six role: “I think I have to be more stable defensively and spread out less.”

On discussions with Deschamps about playing his preferred role: “No, I haven’t had any discussions with him yet and I will accept whatever comes my way. You have to make yourself available to the group, there are managers who are there and it’s important that you keep your place. After that I will play wherever the coach puts me.”

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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