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Real Madrid youngster backs Benzema to win another Ballon d’Or: “Nothing is impossible”



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The 2022-23 season at Real Madrid has been about the coming of Eduardo Camavainga. From a presence on the bench early in the campaign to an undisputed versatile star playing week in and week out, the youngster has turned on the heat in grand fashion.

The 20-year-old has played a part in all 28 La Liga games for Los Blancos this season, starting on 15 occasions. In that duration, he has not only featured as a midfielder but has also come in handy as a left-back.

Camavinga recently gave an interview with RMC Sport where he talked openly about some of his teammates at the club level and his life behind the scenes in the dressing room.

The midfielder was quizzed about fellow Frenchman and club captain Karim Benzema and his chances of winning the Ballon d’Or once again in his illustrious career. Camavinga refused to rule out the possibility and said:

“Of course. Nothing is impossible. If he continues to perform like he is at the moment, of course he can go and get another one.”

“As soon as I arrived, that’s what I told my mates, that he loves the ball because what he does is incredible. Plus, I started hanging out with him during the time he got the Ballon d’Or. What he did in training was incredible,” he added.

Talking about how Benzema helped him adapt upon his arrival in 2021, Camavinga said: “For sure he helped me and took me under his wing when I arrived.”

“The pre-season has helped a lot when there are French players because when I arrived I didn’t necessarily speak Spanish well. I’m trying to get by with the little English I have. So it certainly helps a lot with the French here. They are cool, it’s easier.”

On what advice Benzema gives him, the youngster added: “He tells me to stay in my position, to do things well, to play simple and to watch him often. I like talking to him a lot, asking him what he thinks, in this case about my finishing. He told me that I have to improve.”

The history between Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni goes far before their time together at Real Madrid. The 20-year-old sensation revealed that he played a role in Tchouameni’s arrival at Santiago Bernabeu.

“We had talked about it before, I presented to him how it is here. We are always together, we laugh a lot. And when we play together we try to find each other.”

The young talent went on to call his compatriot his ‘brother’ and shared how the duo keep a good rapport despite competing for the same position in Real Madrid’s starting lineup.

“Tchouaméni is like my brother. He’s someone I love very much. We don’t talk about competition nor look at each other the wrong way, if one of us plays in the other’s place, we hope the other plays well. He’s the first to tell me I had a good game and vice versa.”

The French international has been scaling greater heights with ease this season and has established himself as a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti. He spoke about the high standards he held himself against and how it helped him, saying:

”I’m hard on myself. You can tell me that I had a good game but if I had a bad game then I had a bad game. And for you to tell me that I had a good game, it must be a very good game.”

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Harry Kane ‘very close’ to completing Real Madrid move, only final details remain – report



Jude Bellingham’s move to Real Madrid was finally closed earlier today as officially confirmed by Borussia Dortmund on their website. Yet, the offices at Santiago Bernabeu have not even taken a break to celebrate their success.

According to reports from Alfredo Pedullà, Los Blancos are now completely focused on the acquisition of Harry Kane. The English striker’s arrival is very close to approaching closure and only a few details remain to be sorted.

The Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur representatives reportedly held a meeting today over the striker’s transfer. The agenda was to agree on a number for the transfer fee.

The Premier League side began the proceedings with an expectation of €100 to €110 million in exchange for Kane. However, the Merengues suggested a lower point at €80 to €90 million, albeit with the option to include bonuses.

There is not much separating the two parties at the moment, and the minor gap will be bridged in the coming days. Overall, the meeting ended with a broad understanding between the two clubs.

Carlo Ancelotti sees the English striker as the centre-piece of his attack for next season given the recent departure of Karim Benzema. After all, Kane has been one of football’s most consistent goalscorers over the past decade.

Yet, Los Blancos cannot afford to let their guard down with one signing and will need to rope in at least two more names in attack to serve as backup options. The exits of Mariano Diaz, Marco Asensio, and Eden Hazard leave them with no squad depth, after all.

Kane has scored 30, 17, and 23 goals in his last three seasons in the Premier League and is the epitome of consistency. Further, he had three assists in his most recent league season and created 14 big chances.

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