“I’m inspired by Pogba” – French prodigy Camavinga hails Man Utd star’s influence

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The 17-year-old, who has just received his first senior call, is looking to follow in the footsteps of the Manchester United midfielder

France midfielder Eduardo Camavinga said he was inspired by Paul Pogba after the Rennes starlet received his first international call.Camavinga, 17, made a strong impression at a young age and was rewarded with an appeal to the senior France squad ahead of their Nations League matches against Sweden and Croatia.

Pogba helped France win the 2018 World Cup title, scoring in the final against Croatia. The Manchester United midfielder will not have the chance to play alongside Camavinga this window, however, having tested positive for Covid-19.

Camavinga, who has been compared to Pogba, said the 27-year-old was a major influence for him after leading his country to the biggest prize in international football.

“I am inspired by Paul Pogba,” Camavinga said. “He’s a very good player with great qualities. He proved it in the French team, look at what he did: world champion. But I don’t really like comparisons. ”

In addition to Pogba, Camavinga said he was also an admirer of another World Cup winner who scored in the 2018 final against Croatia.

« Kylian [Mbappe] has set the bar very high, but it is a source of inspiration for all young players for sure, ”Camavinga said of the PSG striker.

The teenager added that his rapid rise had seen him realize a dream he had had since he was a child – although he acknowledged that he was not very far from his childhood.

“It’s a childhood dream, even though I’m still a child,” Camavinga said. “It would be fabulous for me, for my family [to start against Sweden or Croatia]. It was important for them that I represent my country, it was important for me too. It’s something that I wanted since I was a child.

“I had a very good reception [from my France team-mates]. The meeting with the players was very good. Everyone has been cool to me and I hope this will continue. ”

Camavinga started the 2020-21 campaign strong for Rennes, scoring in Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Montpellier.

Amid close ties with Real Madrid, Camavinga insisted last month that he would stay with Rennes for the duration of the season.

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