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“Camavinga wants to stay in Stade Rennais,” says his coach

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His rumored move to Real Madrid looks unlikely now that his club have secured a spot in the 2020-2021 Champions League.

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Eduardo Camavinga appeared to be Real Madrid’s main target to upgrade the squad for the 2020-2021 season but it now looks like the young and promising midfielder is set to stay in Stade Rennais for another season. His club have clinched their presence in the next edition of the Champions League after the French government decided to cancel the remainder of the Ligue 1 and Real Madrid seem determined to stay put in the market and just bring back loanees like Odegaard or Achraf to save money after the Coronavirus pandemic.

Camavinga’s coach Julien Stéhpan has talked to the press and confirmed that the midfielder is keen on staying for another year.

“We will play the Champions League next season and that is great news for him. He has a great entourage around him and he’s very engaged in this club. He will help us. Contrary to what I’ve read, he wants to stay with us. He knows that the most positive for him will be to cement his place in European football by playing in the Champions League with us next season,” said Stephan.

Camavinga has a tough decision in front of him. While there’s a big chance his stock increases even more if he keeps performing at a high level next season, he might suffer an injury or just struggle after a brilliant debut season, which could ultimately prevent him from signing for a big club in the summer of 2021.

However, it’s clear that he needs minutes to keep improving and growing as a player and that’s precisely what Stade Rennais can offer him, so if Real Madrid want to sign Camavinga it looks like they’ll need to wait for another year to complete his transfer. Los Blancos could also try to secure his signing now and then leave him with Stade Rennais for an extra season, but Madrid just don’t want to spend on transfers until the financial situation for Spanish clubs gets more clear.