Eduardo Camavinga may struggle to turn down the chance to work with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur, but Rennes teammate M’baye Niang believes the wonder-kid should be wary of packing his bags too early, while speaking during an Instagram Q&A.
As most teens his age are fretting over their UCAS points, Camavinga is already dominating some of the strongest teams that French football has to offer.
An all-action enforcer with ability and an attitude which belies his tender years, the fresh-faced Frenchman shot to fame with a Man of the Match performance against PSG last year and he has gone from strength to strength ever since.
So much so that, according to Sport, Tottenham and Liverpool are giving serious consideration to paying £36 million for him this summer.
While Niang understands that a move to north London may be impossible to reject, he has implored Camavinga to take his time ahead of a decision that could define his career.
“At some point, you have requests where you say to yourself: ‘How am I going to refuse (Tottenham) if guys like Mourinho call?’. That’s when you really have to ask yourself and say; ‘What are these people going to bring me?’” says Niang, who was a teenager himself when he swapped Caen for AC Milan.
“His parents know what they want, this is the most important. You really have to take this decision seriously because you can pay for the wrong choices.
“The advice I have to give him because he seems to be a guy with his head on his shoulders, I know his parents, who know where they want to go, is to make the right choices.
“I talked about it with him, I won’t talk about it here, but I already talked with him, that in life it is better to make the right choices than to go too fast.”
According to Marca, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rates Camavinga so highly that he feels the ball-winning whizzkid can be the current generation’s answer to French legend Claude Makelele.