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Real Madrid sign France phenom Camavinga amid PSG’s Mbappe saga

Real Madrid are on the verge of signing 18-year old French prodigy Eduardo Camavinga from Rennes on 5-year, €30 million ($35 million) deal, sources have told ESPN.

The midfielder, who only has one year left on his contract with the Ligue 1 club, will undergo his medical on Tuesday in Clairefontaine, where is he training with France’s Under-21 squad.

Camavinga’s transfer is expected to be made official on Tuesday. Rennes didn’t want to see the player leave as a free agent next summer and are said to be pleased with the deal.

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The deal with Rennes was agreed late on Monday night after the discussions with Paris Saint-Germain over the transfer of Kylian Mbappe stalled.

However, sources close to the Bernabeu insisted that the deal was not connected to the breakdown in talks to sign Mbappe.

Madrid have been following Camavinga for several seasons, with former manager Zinedine Zidane a longtime admirer of the player who made his Ligue 1 debut as 16-year-old.

There’s a belief at the club that he’s the right age to learn from — and eventually take over from — Toni Kroos and Luka Modric at the heart of Madrid’s midfield.

Camavinga, who was called up for France U21 by Sylvain Ripoll for the Euro 2023 qualifiers in September, also has three senior appearance for Les Bleus.

While Camavinga is not the French superstar that Real Madrid and their fans expected this summer, he was a very coveted player.

PSG, Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund were all interested in him. He is a complete midfielder, excellent on the ball with great activity and energy.

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De Bruyne lauds Pep lineup surprise in City victory

Kevin De Bruyne has admitted Manchester City players were ‘surprised’ when they learnt the line-up before the Real Madrid match on Wednesday night.

Pep Guardiola raised eyebrows by benching Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling, Fernandinho and David Silva, while Gabriel Jesus was pushed out wide and De Bruyne played down the middle.

De Bruyne said: ‘I think, the four years we’re here with Pep, there are some surprises [within the squad], and even the players, they don’t know before the game starts what they need to do.

‘Some [changes] were good. I think we had some lesser moments. In a quality game like this, you’re going to struggle sometimes, but I thought we really fought really well together.’

His remarks were echoed by former England goalkeeper Joe Hart, who said in the studio a conventional City line up would have beaten Madrid by more.

De Bruyne went on to hail his side’s character after they fought back from a goal down to defeat Real Madrid 2-1 at the Bernabeu, putting them in pole position to claim a quarter-final spot.

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City were dealt an early blow when they lost Aymeric Laporte and were forced to draft in Fernandinho at the back again.And a defensive error saw Isco pounce and put the hosts ahead on the 60-minute mark.

Yet Jesus equalled things up when he latched on the end of a De Bruyne cross and headed the ball past Thibaut Courtois, who many may feel should have done more.

Sterling, who came on as a substitute in the 73rd minute, made a darting run at the Madrid defence and was hacked down in the box by full back Dani Carvajal.

After City have failed to convert from the spot countless times this campaign, De Bruyne stepped up to quell fears and roll it past Courtois.

The Belgian’s spot kick made City the first English side to win in the Bernabeu for 11 years.

De Bruyne told BT Sport: ‘It’s a very good start for the first game. The first 15 minutes we struggled for a bit but you have to go through the storm.

‘It was a pretty even first half and we started the second half pretty well. The (Real) goal came at a bit of a bad moment for us because I think we were dominating at the time.

‘I thought our response was brilliant. It was a beautiful goal from Gabi and the second goal, the penalty was very important for us.

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Eden Hazard out for season with broken ankle

Eden Hazard will miss Real Madrid’s Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester City after suffering a broken ankle during Saturday’s La Liga loss at Levante.

The Belgian, who only recently returned from a three-month lay-off due to an ankle problem, was substituted in the second half of the 1-0 loss at the Ciutat de Valencia.

Hazard underwent tests on the injury on Sunday morning, after which Madrid corroborated   1 the extent of the problem.

“Following the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid medical department, he has been diagnosed with a fracture to his right distal fibula,” read a club statement. “His recovery will continue to be assessed.”

Madrid have not said how long they expect Hazard to be sidelined for but reports in Spain suggest he could be out for another two months. That would rule the former Chelsea player out of both Champions League matches versus City, the first of which takes place at the Bernabéu on Wednesday.

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It would also see him miss next weekend’s clásico showdown versus title rivals Barcelona, as well as a host of other matches for Zinedine Zidane’s men.

Hazard has started nine games in the league this season and has one goal, failing to make the expected impact after arriving from Chelsea in the summer.

Hazard suffered a hamstring injury in pre-season, which disrupted his preparations for the season and he missed the first three games of the campaign.

Perhaps as a result of that, he struggled to produce his best form early on. His performances were picking up, before he suffered the microfracture versus Paris Saint-Germain in the UEFA Champions League on November 26.

Real signed the 29-year-old from Chelsea last summer for an initial €100 million, and they could pay the Blues more than half that fee again in potential add-ons.

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