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Real Madrid midfielder reveals how Kroos and Modric have influenced his game

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Since returning from injury this year, Eduardo Camavinga has been a crucial asset for Real Madrid.

The Frenchman has started most of Real Madrid’s high-profile games and will have an important role to play in the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund.

Now, in the lead-up to the match, Camavinga has assessed his growth as a player and his best qualities during an interview with El Pais.

Differences in his attitude

When asked how he has changed between his two UEFA Champions League final appearances, Camavinga replied:

“I’m a little more mature, I have more beard (laughs) and my type of game has changed somewhat. I’m calmer and I also play a little more.”

The 21-year-old midfielder has had the privilege of plying his trade among some of the best midfielders to have ever played the game.

When asked how he became so calm, Camavinga cited the examples of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric, claiming their influence played a significant role in his development.

“When you look at Toni (Kroos) or Luka (Modric), you just have to do like them, they are very calm in all parts of the pitch,” he professed.

Camavinga has learnt a lot from Kroos. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Camavinga was also asked if their composed demeanour is what he learned the most, to which the youngster replied that Toni Kroos’ quality of pass is also something he strives to emulate.

“Yes, also Toni’s quality of pass. And to talk less, like him, because he is a person who doesn’t talk much, but when he does, it k*lls you. And I like that a lot,” he claimed.

Discussing his best quality

Camavinga claimed his best quality is tackling, but he also shed light on his abilities on the ball, including dribbling.

Though often seen as a defensive player, he argued that he used to score a lot as a child playing as a number 10.

Eventually at Rennes, Camavinga was shifted to a defensive role in midfield, and that has improved him as a player.

“The tackle. But I also have good qualities with the ball. I know to dribble and people don’t know it. When I do it, people say: wow.

But it’s not wow, because I know how to do it. People see me more as someone defensive, but I also have that quality. I was a scorer as a child, a number 10. There, I used to dribble a lot.

“But at Rennes, I don’t know why, they made me defend. I really don’t know why. When I was younger, I scored more goals. But in the academy, I started in the midfield. I had to defend more, recover more balls… Now I like it,” he said.

On having played a lot of games at left-back, especially last season, Camavinga remarked: “Now I have a different vision of football because when I give the ball to the left-back, I know what and how he thinks in that position. There are balls that are not easy for them. I do things so that they are good.”

“Ferland (Mendy) has helped me a lot to know how I have to position my body. I have to thank him for the advice.”

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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