Eduardo Camavinga has hailed Real Madrid teammates Luka Modric and Toni Kroos' influence on his career.
The talented young midfielder signed for Los Blancos in 2021 and has impressed thus far, being a key player off the bench last season as the club won the UEFA Champions League.
Speaking in an interview with GQ, Camavinga discussed his adaptation to life at Real Madrid and compared the pressure at the club with that at his former club Stade Rennais: “I’m not shy, I talk to anyone really. It’s easy for me and ever since day one everyone was very friendly.
"My adaptation was easy and smooth, my best friends inside the dressing room are French because of the language, but I get along with everyone. A little bit more with Aurelien [Tchouameni], Rudiger, Benzema and Alaba. I like living in Madrid, the weather and the people.
“It’s an entire different world. I was also a popular player in Rennes, but it can’t be compared to this. When I travel to other countries I still think people won’t recognize me, but they do because our games are watched around the whole world. It wasn’t a shock because I was already used to being popular, but it’s a different level for sure."
Camavinga also gave an insight into how Modric, Kroos and manager Carlo Ancelotti have helped him improve his game, stating: “I’ve learned a lot from Modric and Kroos. First of all, the position where they play and the skills needed, but also what they do outside the field. Staying after practice, getting proper rest, those are things that I do now because they are good for me.
“He’s [Ancelotti] one of the best, because he’s been able to win different competitions in many countries. He talks to players a lot, also to the younger ones.
"When I got there he gave me some roles and explained what he wanted from me. No matter whether I’m starting or coming off the bench he always gives me so much confidence.”