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French star adamant about becoming a starter at Real Madrid next season

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Of the multiple departments in Real Madrid next season, the midfield will probably see the most fierce competition. Carlo Ancelotti will have an interesting mix of experience and youth at his disposal and it remains to be seen whom he uses as his go-to combination.

Luka Modric, Toni Kroosm and Casemiro are the team’s evergreen trio and will likely continue to feature in all major games. However, Federico Valverde, Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni are all real contenders to push for a starting spot too.

According to reports from MARCA, Camavinga is pushing to become a starter in the team for the coming season. After a season with several impactful appearances off the bench, the youngster feels he can provide more to the team.

Last season, Camavinga was called upon in 26 of Real Madrid’s 32 league games. In that duration, he scored two goals, provided an assist and averaged over nine defensive actions per game.

In addition, he was key to Madrid’s UCL run, coming off the bench to change games completely in each round. He was, arguably, the protagonist of all their iconic comebacks.

The youngster will look to replace either Modric or Kroos in the coming season, but it will likely be the former who is sacrificed by the manager. At 36 years of age, the Croatian requires careful management and will no longer start on a weekly basis.

While the player is motivated to have a bigger role in the team, it remains to be seen if Ancelotti echoes the idea.

The manager had Valverde as his first choice backup last season, opting for the Uruguayan’s services on 31 occasions in the league. Needless to say, Camavinga will have to work hard to climb up the pecking order.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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