Rennes coach Julien Stephan has advised Eduardo Camavinga to snub a big-money move this year. Both Real Madrid and Liverpool reportedly want the teenager.
“Should Camavinga leave this summer? My wish is that he stays so that he can continue training at the club,” he said, per Diario Madridista. “Here he will improve because there are people who know him very well.
“Then it will be time to ‘fly’ to a more exclusive club.”
Camavinga is hot property at Rennes. The 17-year-old has had a wonderful debut season, after all, leading Ligue 1 in tackles per game despite his inexperience.
That kind of form caught interest from all over, according to reports. Sport, for instance, believes Liverpool, Real, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur want the Frenchman. They also feel that it’ll cost around £46m to sign Camavinga.
What RTK has to say
It’s a tough one but Stephan might be completely right on this one. Rennes have already developed Camavinga at a rapid pace, after all, and you’d think another season or two of regular top-flight football would be very good for him.
At the same time, however, Liverpool can point to a wonderful track record of developing players. You only need to look at Trent Alexander-Arnold to see how far a young player can go at the club.
But then Alexander-Arnold benefitted from a lack of competition. Camavinga would battle with Fabinho – and he’s unlikely to win that. And if he doesn’t play, he won’t develop as much.
The big problem, though, is that waiting could lose you the player. Will Real wait? Barcelona? Spurs? The safest option is to secure the player now, before other clubs gain interest and his price drives up.
And given Camavinga’s talent, let’s hope Liverpool see it that way, too. We believe there’s a real place for him.