Eduardo Camavinga is no longer the player bursting with freshness and inspiration from last season or the start of the current year. Left at only 17 years old to attack at the same time the Ligue 1, the Champions League and the France team, the little prodigy of the Stade Rennes, which receives Sevilla FC this Tuesday evening (9 p.m.) in Champions League, more or less consciously pressed pause. The stopping blow took the form of a nasty crutch suffered during Rennes – Angers (1-2) on October 23, removing him from the field for a month.
Before that, Cama had stacked in two months eight Ligue 1 games, debuts in the Champions League (Rennes – Krasnodar, 1-1) and a baptism in the France team. And what a baptism: a magnificent goal for his first tenure against Ukraine (7-1) in a friendly on October 7, performance framed twice 30 minutes during France – Croatia (4-2) and Croatia – France (1 -2). So many events that do a lot in such a short period of time for such a young man …
“I’m not going to look for excuses but there was a physical part and a mental part, because a lot of things went very quickly and the opponents looked at me a little more after my selection”, judged the interested, on his return from injury in mid-November. “We will say that it was a bad thing for good,” he added about the period of unavailability. It allowed me to breathe, to refocus on the essentials and to get back in shape. During this period, he celebrated his majority (November 10) and in particular validated his driving license.
“I went to his birthday,” testifies Nicolas Martinais, his former educator in Fougères and close friend of the family. Like Eduardo is the godfather of my club (Editor’s note: CF2L Foot, a club bringing together the four small towns of Ille-et-Vilaine de La Chapelle-Janson, Fleurigné, Laignelet and Le Loroux), he was given a game for PlayStation that I brought him. I had asked Sofia, her mother, what would make her happy… ”
If he returned to competition and followed up the matches – Bordeaux, Chelsea, Strasbourg, Krasnodar, Lens – Camavinga is slow to become Camavinga again. And the current poor dynamic of Rennes, which remains in seven games without a win, is not to help it.
“I hope we will stop having a paper on him every day”
“In all the championships, a lot of players are currently experiencing a decline,” Martinais advance. For a year and a half, Eduardo has played a lot and because of the truncated preparations due to the Covid, he suffers a stroke of fatigue, including perhaps on an emotional level. Everyone can see that even Mbappé is tired at the moment. “
A change of agent and the signing on Thursday with Stellar Group, a powerful British agency, takes away a concern for the young player about his future. “The dad, Celestino, managed that and took his time to sort through all the requests, which were numerous,” says Martinais. The project is family-run. The son plays, the dad takes care of the rest. He wants the best for his son in sport and the best for the family. In view of future discussions, he made sure to surround himself with the best so as not to be fooled. “
“I especially hope that we will stop having a paper on him every day, commented Julien Stephan, Rennes coach on Friday. He needs peace. He is still in the learning phase. “Last lesson of the Champions League this season, this Tuesday (9 pm) against Sevilla…
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