Eduardo Camavinga reveals why he turned down Manchester United approach at Real Madrid unveiling

Eduardo Camavinga
Camavinga was unveiled by Real on Wednesday (Picture: @RealMadriden/Getty)

Eduardo Camavinga has revealed he could have never turned down the chance to sign for Real Madrid despite interest from Manchester United during the summer transfer window.

Real won the race for one of European football’s brightest midfield talents during the final week of the window, signing the 18-year-old from Rennes in a £30m deal.

The France international was linked with moves to Chelsea and Arsenal but United made an approach earlier in the summer with hopes of convincing him to choose a move to Old Trafford.

Real officially unveiled their new player on Wednesday afternoon with Camavinga speaking out on his decision to join Los Blancos for the first time.

‘Honestly, the first factor is not money, it is the pleasure of fulfilling a dream I had since I was little,’’ Camavinga told a press conference.

He continued: ‘The first factor for me was the pleasure of fulfilling the dream of playing for Real Madrid, playing with footballers who are going to teach me a lot.’

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side made signing a centre-half and a winger a priority this summer, bringing in Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho before sealing a dramatic move for Cristiano Ronaldo in the final days of the window.

Latest reports suggest United have identified Declan Rice as a long-term solution in midfield and will make him their chief transfer target next summer.


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