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Man Utd and Chelsea in Eduardo Camavinga transfer hunt with Rennes star, 18, ‘unsure of Real Madrid move if Zidane goes’


EDUARDO CAMAVINGA isn’t ‘closing the door’ on moves to Manchester United or Chelsea – despite favouring a Real Madrid switch.

The Frenchman is set to be hot property during the next transfer window, with his contract at Rennes expiring in June 2022.

Eduardo Camavinga has made 75 appearances for Rennes to date

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Eduardo Camavinga has made 75 appearances for Rennes to dateCredit: AFP

Camavinga, 18, is besotted with the idea of playing under compatriot Zinedine Zidane, and is determined to make the switch in the summer.

But according to AS, the move could fall down should Zidane not be at Real Madrid next season.

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The LaLiga champions have endured a turbulent season this time around, nearly crashing out of the Champions League in the group stage, exiting the Copa del Rey at the hands of Alcoyano and sitting third in the league table.

And if Zidane, 48, were to depart, Man United, Chelsea or even Paris Saint-Germain could re-enter the race for Camavinga.

The France international is not willing to move to a club where he wouldn’t be an automatic starter, as he continues to develop.

Camavinga is represented by Jonathan Barnett, the same agent as Gareth Bale – who has extensive experience of dealing with Madrid thanks to his work on behalf of the Welshman.

It’s thought that the Rennes midfielder would cost upwards of £40million, despite his precarious contract situation.

But the club’s sporting director Florian Maurice believes that Camavinga has too much ‘respect’ for his boyhood club to run down his deal.

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Zinedine Zidane's future is a key factor in Camavinga's next transfer

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Zinedine Zidane’s future is a key factor in Camavinga’s next transferCredit: EPA
Camavinga, 18, has played alongside Man United star Paul Pogba for his country

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Camavinga, 18, has played alongside Man United star Paul Pogba for his countryCredit: AFP

He said last month: “We will see what happens at the end of the season.

“We are continuing discussions with his agents to find a solution, before discussing the possibility of seeing him leave on a free in 2022.

“I think he is very respectful of the club that formed him. So, I don’t think the situation will come to that.”

Camavinga broke into the Rennes team aged just 16, and has already amassed 75 appearances for the club, who recently appointed Bruno Genesio as new manager following the exit of the youngster’s mentor Julien Stephan.

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He has also won three caps for France, although is currently playing for Les Bleus’ Under-21s as they compete in the European Championships.

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