This past Saturday, when Real Madrid played Athletic Club at San Mames, midfield wonderkid Eduardo Camavinga reached a personal milestone.
By starting against the Basque club, the Frenchman made his 100th appearance for Real Madrid since joining the club back in 2021.
The 20-year-old prodigy was brought in by the club from Rennes in a deal worth up to €40 million and it has been money well spent.
Camavinga loving life at Real Madrid
Camavinga had a bit of a slow start to life as a Real Madrid player, with manager Carlo Ancelotti easing him into the thick of things.
But over the past 18 months or so, the youngster has become one of the most important players for Los Blancos.
And looking back at his time at the club so far after reaching a personal milestone, Camavinga said:
“I’m very happy to be part of Real Madrid’s history a little bit more. I’m young and 100 games is a lot. I’m very happy to reach this number and I’d like to play many more games here.”
Describing what it means for him to be a player for Real Madrid, the youngster added:
“You have to give everything for this shirt because there is a lot of history in it. Since I was young I wanted to play in this shirt and now I am very happy. It’s a pleasure to play so many games in it.”
When asked to describe his best memories at the club, Camavinga chose his first goal for the club against Celta Vigo on his debut and the club’s UEFA Champions League triumph in his first season.
“My first goal on my debut in this mythical stadium that is the Santiago Bernabéu. Then the Champions League, because it’s a competition that everyone wants to play in and win. I’m very happy to win this title,” he stated.
On what his aspirations are for the future, Camavinga said: “I have felt good from the first day because the people and the club are very friendly here.
“Now I play more and that’s why I’m even happier. The aim is always to win all the games and all the titles to make Real Madrid’s trophy cabinet even bigger.”
Source: Real Madrid official website
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”