Real Madrid's move for Camavinga may be ruined by Rennes boss Stephan

‘Stay one more season!’: Real Madrid’s move for Eduardo Camavinga could be ruined by Rennes boss Julien Stephan, who insists the 17-year-old must have another year in France before he sanctions a big-money departure

  • Eduardo Camavinga has enjoyed a superb breakthrough season with Rennes
  • Real Madrid are keen to buy him but Rennes boss Julien Stephan has had his say
  • Stephan believes Camavinga would benefit most with another season in France 

Rennes manager Julien Stephan backs 17-year-old midfielder Eduardo Camavinga to be a hit at Real Madrid – but not any time soon.

Camavinga is wanted by a number of major clubs across Europe after a stunning breakthrough season in France, where he made his debut when he was just 16.

Real Madrid are his biggest admirers, with Zinedine Zidane said to be lining up a summer move for the midfielder but Stephan is insistent that Camavinga should remain in France for another season.

Spanish publication AS have an interview with Eduardo Camavinga’s Rennes manager

Julien Stephan says Camavinga must stay at Rennes another season to continue improving

‘I always give him advice to stay one more season at Rennes because it is his training club,’ Stephan said in an interview with Spanish publication AS on Wednesday. The have the interview on their front page, with the headline ‘Camavinga’s conditions to play for Madrid’. 

Stephan added: ‘After a good season, that quality leap must always be confirmed and it would be easier for him to do it here. I think he has one or two stages left before making the jump for a big one. 

‘There is a difference between being able to play a high-level season at your training club and being able to play about 60 games per campaign at a giant club every three days. 

‘It already makes a big difference, but he has a couple of steps to take to establish himself in a top club. Following his progression he has the potential and all the qualities required to settle in a top club one day.’

Camavinga has made 33 appearances for Rennes during his breakthrough season in France

It is believed Rennes would accept a bid of around £53m for the 17-year-old midfielder 

It is believed that Rennes would consider a bid in the region of £53million for Camavinga, who has played 33 times in his first full season in France.

Camavinga is a defensive midfielder who would be in a similar bracket to Casemiro at Real Madrid. 

Real certainly look to be in the market for a midfield enforcer when the next transfer window opens – they have also recently been linked with a move for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. 

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