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Blazing a trail

Now for two more prodigies: Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga and Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah. Chalobah, 21, has been with the Blues since he was eight; 19-year-old Camavinga announced himself as the next generation of Real’s midfield last season and ended it with a Champions League winner’s medal.

PORTRAITS Mark Gordon & Javier Díez

Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea

Earliest football memory 

The neighbourhood where I grew up is called Gipsy Hill. Football was very big. There was a cage where we would go; my older brother and the older boys would set up the match and play a big tournament. No matter what age, the whole community would come together.

Inspiration

Thiago Silva. He has got all the fundamentals of defending, like where to be and how to tackle; communication is key as well. Just little bits like that, I try to add to my game.

Stepping up

The first session at Chelsea was very tough – the transition from Sunday League football. I was in the same age group as Mason Mount, Declan Rice. My scout used to take me to training and back, and I’d start to cry in the back of the car, saying, “I’m not good enough, this is too hard for me.”

Champions League

I used to be a ball boy for Champions League games at Stamford Bridge, so to make my debut for my boyhood club [last season], starting and scoring as well… it’s something you can’t describe.

Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea

Earliest football memory 

The neighbourhood where I grew up is called Gipsy Hill. Football was very big. There was a cage where we would go; my older brother and the older boys would set up the match and play a big tournament. No matter what age, the whole community would come together.

Inspiration

Thiago Silva. He has got all the fundamentals of defending, like where to be and how to tackle; communication is key as well. Just little bits like that, I try to add to my game.

Stepping up

The first session at Chelsea was very tough – the transition from Sunday League football. I was in the same age group as Mason Mount, Declan Rice. My scout used to take me to training and back, and I’d start to cry in the back of the car, saying, “I’m not good enough, this is too hard for me.”

Champions League

I used to be a ball boy for Champions League games at Stamford Bridge, so to make my debut for my boyhood club [last season], starting and scoring as well… it’s something you can’t describe.

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Eduardo Camavinga

Real Madrid

Earliest football memory 

The first time my mother signed me up for football. I was holding her hand while she was talking to the coach, then I went right out onto the pitch. Suddenly the kids all started coming at me for the ball; I took a shot and it went over a fence. The coach had to stop talking to my mother and go and get it.

Inspiration

All the great players, like Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldinho; Paul Pogba too.

Stepping up

The first training session [with the Rennes first team], I struggled on a physical level. I almost threw up. We did some crazy stuff. Then I adapted and continued to evolve. 

Champions League

From the moment you sign for Real Madrid, you know you have entered another dimension. The Champions League is a club goal so you have to give it your all to triumph. 

Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea

Earliest football memory 

The neighbourhood where I grew up is called Gipsy Hill. Football was very big. There was a cage where we would go; my older brother and the older boys would set up the match and play a big tournament. No matter what age, the whole community would come together.

Inspiration

Thiago Silva. He has got all the fundamentals of defending, like where to be and how to tackle; communication is key as well. Just little bits like that, I try to add to my game.

Stepping up

The first session at Chelsea was very tough – the transition from Sunday League football. I was in the same age group as Mason Mount, Declan Rice. My scout used to take me to training and back, and I’d start to cry in the back of the car, saying, “I’m not good enough, this is too hard for me.”

Champions League

I used to be a ball boy for Champions League games at Stamford Bridge, so to make my debut for my boyhood club [last season], starting and scoring as well… it’s something you can’t describe.

Blazing a trail
Insight

Blazing a trail

Now for two more prodigies: Real Madrid’s Eduardo Camavinga and Chelsea’s Trevoh Chalobah. Chalobah, 21, has been with the Blues since he was eight; 19-year-old Camavinga announced himself as the next generation of Real’s midfield last season and ended it with a Champions League winner’s medal.

PORTRAITS Mark Gordon & Javier Díez

Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea

Earliest football memory 

The neighbourhood where I grew up is called Gipsy Hill. Football was very big. There was a cage where we would go; my older brother and the older boys would set up the match and play a big tournament. No matter what age, the whole community would come together.

Inspiration

Thiago Silva. He has got all the fundamentals of defending, like where to be and how to tackle; communication is key as well. Just little bits like that, I try to add to my game.

Stepping up

The first session at Chelsea was very tough – the transition from Sunday League football. I was in the same age group as Mason Mount, Declan Rice. My scout used to take me to training and back, and I’d start to cry in the back of the car, saying, “I’m not good enough, this is too hard for me.”

Champions League

I used to be a ball boy for Champions League games at Stamford Bridge, so to make my debut for my boyhood club [last season], starting and scoring as well… it’s something you can’t describe.

Penalty Pedigree

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Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea

Earliest football memory 

The neighbourhood where I grew up is called Gipsy Hill. Football was very big. There was a cage where we would go; my older brother and the older boys would set up the match and play a big tournament. No matter what age, the whole community would come together.

Inspiration

Thiago Silva. He has got all the fundamentals of defending, like where to be and how to tackle; communication is key as well. Just little bits like that, I try to add to my game.

Stepping up

The first session at Chelsea was very tough – the transition from Sunday League football. I was in the same age group as Mason Mount, Declan Rice. My scout used to take me to training and back, and I’d start to cry in the back of the car, saying, “I’m not good enough, this is too hard for me.”

Champions League

I used to be a ball boy for Champions League games at Stamford Bridge, so to make my debut for my boyhood club [last season], starting and scoring as well… it’s something you can’t describe.

Read the full story
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Eduardo Camavinga

Real Madrid

Earliest football memory 

The first time my mother signed me up for football. I was holding her hand while she was talking to the coach, then I went right out onto the pitch. Suddenly the kids all started coming at me for the ball; I took a shot and it went over a fence. The coach had to stop talking to my mother and go and get it.

Inspiration

All the great players, like Zinédine Zidane, Ronaldinho; Paul Pogba too.

Stepping up

The first training session [with the Rennes first team], I struggled on a physical level. I almost threw up. We did some crazy stuff. Then I adapted and continued to evolve. 

Champions League

From the moment you sign for Real Madrid, you know you have entered another dimension. The Champions League is a club goal so you have to give it your all to triumph. 

Trevor Chalobah

Chelsea

Earliest football memory 

The neighbourhood where I grew up is called Gipsy Hill. Football was very big. There was a cage where we would go; my older brother and the older boys would set up the match and play a big tournament. No matter what age, the whole community would come together.

Inspiration

Thiago Silva. He has got all the fundamentals of defending, like where to be and how to tackle; communication is key as well. Just little bits like that, I try to add to my game.

Stepping up

The first session at Chelsea was very tough – the transition from Sunday League football. I was in the same age group as Mason Mount, Declan Rice. My scout used to take me to training and back, and I’d start to cry in the back of the car, saying, “I’m not good enough, this is too hard for me.”

Champions League

I used to be a ball boy for Champions League games at Stamford Bridge, so to make my debut for my boyhood club [last season], starting and scoring as well… it’s something you can’t describe.

Penalty Pedigree

Etiam erat velit scelerisque in dictum non. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at. Scelerisque felis imperdiet proin fermentum leo. Nibh tortor id aliquet lectus proin nibh nisl. Nulla at volutpat diam ut venenatis. At urna condimentum mattis pellentesque id nibh tortor id aliquet. Leo a diam sollicitudin tempor id eu nisl nunc mi. Dui vivamus arcu felis bibendum ut. Pharetra convallis posuere morbi leo urna molestie. Adipiscing at in tellus integer feugiat scelerisque. In arcu cursus euismod quis. Dictum non consectetur a erat nam at lectus urna duis. Facilisi nullam vehicula ipsum a arcu cursus. At tempor commodo ullamcorper a lacus vestibulum sed arcu non. Ipsum dolor sit amet consectetur adipiscing elit pellentesque habitant. Vitae sapien pellentesque habitant morbi tristique senectus. Eget nullam non nisi est sit amet facilisis. Ipsum consequat nisl vel pretium lectus quam. Elit sed vulputate mi sit amet mauris commodo quis. Pretium fusce id velit ut tortor pretium viverra suspendisse potenti.

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