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Real Madrid midfielder in line to win 2022 Golden Boy award

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With the Golden Boy award being the most prestigious accolade for young players in Europe, two of Real Madrid’s prodigies have been nominated for the honour in Eduardo Camavinga and Reinier Jesus for the current edition.

However, it is likelier that the French international is crowned the winner of the award, instead of the latter, who is currently on loan at Girona.

But the question remains how possible it is for the former Rennes midfielder to be crowned as top dog, considering some of the world’s finest talents such as Pedri, Jude Bellingham and Jamal Musiala are on the same list.

As per the latest information provided by AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), Camavinga’s name as the potential winner has been discussed amongst the decision makers of the award, with 40 international sport media outlets in charge of the final responsibility.

There is no denying that the 19-year old’s name should certainly be in the reckoning, considering his role in Los Blancos’ Champions League triumph in 2022.

Despite having the pressure on his shoulders to impact proceedings off the bench, the wonderkid thrived on every occasion.

Especially in Real Madrid’s knockout games against the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool, Camavinga’s incredible ball-carrying ability, infectious energy and elite defensive ability proved vital in his side’s stupendous run to glory.

Replacing a player of Toni Kroos’ calibre in particular, the Frenchman did not look out of place in the side for a second, stepping up to the plate in some of the biggest games in his relatively short career.

While there is an argument for several other youngsters to take home the Golden Boy award, the same applies for the supremely gifted Eduardo Camavinga.

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Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano

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Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.

The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.

But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.

The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.

As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.

But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.

Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.

The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.

So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.

All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.

Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.

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