Zinedine Zidane thinks Real Madrid need a new Claude Makelele and believes Rennes starlet Eduardo Camavinga is the man for the job, Marca reports of the Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool target.
The teenage midfielder might have only made his professional debut less than a year ago, but few players have exploded on to the scene as impressively, or as quickly, as a fresh-faced youngster who helped Rennes qualify for the Champions League.
Camavinga’s vast potential was clear for all to see as the Brittany-based outfit beat PSG back in August, the 17-year-old capping a Man of the Match display with a glorious assist for Rennes’s second-half winner.
As a result, some of Europe’s biggest clubs are already queuing up with Sport claiming that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are very interested in the £36 million-rated star.
But, while Zidane might have been one of the most naturally gifted attacking players every to set foot on grass, do not make the mistake in thinking the fabulous Frenchman does not understand the need for a sweat-shedding, deep-lying ankle-biter.
Zidane famously slammed Real Madrid’s decision to sell Makelele to Chelsea and replace him with the ultimate Galactico David Beckham in 2003, quipping; “Why put another layer of gold paint on the Bentley when you are losing the entire engine?” (Bleacher Report).
Despite the best efforts of Brazil international Casemiro, Real Madrid have never really managed to replace Makelele in the last 17 years. But, according to Marca, Zidane is confident that Camavinga has the skill-set required to be the second coming of a modern-day Bernabau hero.
Averaging four tackles per 90 minutes in Ligue 1, the best numbers in France, a three-time Champions League-winning coach may be spot on in his assessment.