EDUARDO CAMAVINGA is willing to sign a new Rennes deal if it helps eventually seal a move to Real Madrid, reports claim.
The French teenager is among Europe's most highly-coveted players.
And with his contract set to expire in June 2022, current club Rennes could be under pressure to sell.
But potential suitors like Real Madrid or Manchester United are unlikely to be able to fork out the £43million that the Ligue 1 club would demand for the 18-year-old this summer.
Rather than simply allow his contract to run down, however, AS claim that the midfielder would rather renew his deal at Rennes.
They reckon that Camavinga believes that he can benefit from continuing his development at his boyhood club, rather than entering the uncertainty of free agency.
This means that he could decide to wait until Real Madrid are in a better financial situation in which to finally pounce – locking out Man United in the process.
Rennes sporting director Florian Maurice is refusing to panic over the situation, believing that Camavinga's 'respect' for the club will prevent him from running down his deal.
He said: "We will see what happens at the end of the season.
"We are continuing discussions with his agents to find a solution, before discussing the possibility of seeing him leave on a free in 2022.
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"I think he is very respectful of the club that formed him. So, I don’t think the situation will come to that."
Camavinga is now represented by British agent Jonathan Barnett – best known for listing Gareth Bale as a client.
And, in a recent interview with Goal, Barnett admitted that some suitors may not be able to afford Camavinga in the current climate.
Camavinga will cost a lot of money. Maybe the Spanish teams can't afford him
He said: "The four or five teams that want him will not be able to sign him for 50 million (Euros).
"There have been no serious talks yet. But Camavinga will cost a lot of money. Maybe the Spanish teams can't afford him."
Camavinga burst onto the scene two seasons ago, when he debuted for Rennes in Ligue 1 aged just 16.
He went on to star for his club as they qualified for the Champions League last time around, earning his first France caps in the process despite his tender years.
The starlet has already made 71 senior club appearances to date, while he opened his goal scoring account for his country against Ukraine last year, in just his second cap.
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