MADRID – Eduardo Camavinga admitted that joining Real Madrid is “a dream” he had had since he was a child and proudly recalled the sacrifices his family had to make shortly before he was born to flee the war in Congo.
The 18-year-old young midfielder was officially presented as a new Madrid footballer after signing for the white club on the last market day for about 30 million euros plus 15 million in variables.
“It’s my dream since I was little. I will give everything to be able to play. I’m very happy. It’s one of the best days of my life, like when I made my debut for Rennes or the French national team, ”said the 18-year-old.
Camavinga, who signs until 2027, will wear the number 25 and, smiling at all times, admitted that he comes to learn and be one more.
“I come to learn. Then, I will have to show the coach that I am ready, work very hard and try to have minutes to enjoy on the field, “added the Frenchman.
The former Rennes player arrives to reinforce the three midfield positions but made it clear that his ideal position is ahead of the defense.
“It’s a question that I get asked a lot. I really like to play in front of the defense, but I can also get ahead and adapt to any position to give my best for the team, “said a Camavinga who highlighted” technique and aggressiveness “as his best virtues.
In addition, during the appearance there was a moment to proudly remember its origins. However, her parents had to flee the Congo War in the early 2000s and Camavinga was, as a consequence, born two years later in a refugee camp in Angola.
“The moment I knew I was going to be a Madrid player I felt very happy and happy. I thought about the problems we had in the family and it is a pride to be here with all of them. Obviously escaping the war helped me and made me stronger. Above all my family helped me a lot. My family and these problems have made me stronger, ”said the 18-year-old.
Camavinga already trained on Wednesday morning with his teammates before the press conference. The under 21 international for France even admitted that he is “prepared” if Ancelotti needs him for the match against Celta next Sunday in which Madrid will not be able to count on Kroos and Dani Ceballos due to injury.
However, Luka Modric has already trained with the team and youth squad Antonio Blanco is also available to replace Casemiro, who will not arrive in time for his commitment to Brazil.
Camavinga also took advantage of his first public appearance to emphasize that Benzema is “an idol” and that money was not an obstacle to signing for Florentino Pérez’s club, whose offer was inferior in economic terms to that of PSG, according to sources informed ESPN.
“The first factor is not money, but the pleasure of fulfilling the dream that I had as a child. I didn’t really think about it once, ”the new Madrid midfielder concluded.