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Official: Eduardo Camavinga beaten to the Golden Boy 2022 award by Barcelona’s Gavi

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Real Madrid midfielder Eduardo Camavinga has missed out on the Golden Boy 2022 Award by Barcelona youngster Gavi.

The announcement for the 20th winner of the prestigious honour was made at Hotel Villa Igiea in Palermo in a press conference today.

Camavinga made it to the final four of the Golden Boy award, along with Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund, Jamal Musiala of Bayern Munich and the winner, Gavi of Barcelona.

Camavinga arrived at Real Madrid last year from Rennes. While his talent was never in question, the midfielder was carefully eased into action by manager Carlo Ancelotti.

There were a few missteps along the way, but the Frenchman showed his quality and potential, especially in the latter stages of the season when he made crucial cameos in Real Madrid’s run-in for the Champions League and La Liga triumphs.

To date, Camavinga has played 55 times for Real Madrid, scoring and assisting two goals apiece. The 19-year-old had recently missed out on the Kopa Trophy to Barcelona teenager Gavi.

No Real Madrid player has ever won the Golden Boy award to date. While Isco did win it for 2012, it came when he was still at Malaga, a year before he made the switch to the Santiago Bernabeu.

There was some joy for Real Madrid though as Florentino Perez was named the Best President of a European Club while Karim Benzema won the award for the Golden Player Man, coming after his recent Ballon d’Or triumph.

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes

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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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