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‘A special day’ – Real Madrid winger reacts after national team debut

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Brahim Diaz made his international debut for Morocco on Friday as he appeared as a starter in a friendly against Angola.

It was a big game for the Real Madrid winger, who, after much deliberation, chose to represent Morocco over Spain despite having made his debut for La Roja three years back.

Speaking after his debut, Brahim Diaz expressed his happiness while thanking almost everyone possible, including friends and family.

“I am very happy and it was a special day. I received a lot of love. I am proud of that. I felt very good on the pitch and it was a very great start. My teammates looked a lot for me, they gave me the ball and I am happy because I felt loved,” he said (h/t MARCA).

“All the family members who attended were very excited. It is nice to receive this love and now I have to work for the future of the national team,” he added.

A strong Morocco debut for Brahim Diaz (Photo by FADEL SENNA/AFP via Getty Images)

Brahim Diaz also thanked King Mohammed VI of Morocco, whose close political aides played a key role in convincing the Real Madrid star to play for Morocco.

“I thank His Majesty King Mohammed VI. I am very grateful for everything he does for football and for the support he always gives to the country,” he said.

Brahim Diaz’s future ambition with Morocco

Brahim Diaz went on to reveal his ambition with the Moroccan national team. He is confident of playing in the Olympic Games in Paris this year, along with next year’s African Cup of Nations.

“I will try to be in every competition I can and in competition they allow me to play. In the end, I am a Real Madrid player and I want to give my best for the club and the national team. Anything I can contribute on the ground, I’d be happy to do it,” he said.

In the meantime, though, Brahim Diaz will be looking for his maiden goal for Morocco as the team takes on Mauritania on Tuesday, in another international friendly.

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Real Madrid still waiting to see the best version of 24-year-old midfielder

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Midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been at Real Madrid since 2023 but the Frenchman still hasn’t convinced the club’s hierarchy entirely, reports MARCA.

At just 24 years old, Tchouameni was signed for a staggering €80 million, a fee that could rise to €100 million with additional bonuses. This substantial investment reflects the high hopes that Real Madrid had for him, but so far, he has not lived up to those expectations.

Upon his arrival, the young midfielder’s potential sparked a fierce bidding war two seasons ago, with several top clubs vying for his signature. 

Ultimately, Tchouameni chose Real Madrid, but not before the club shelled out a considerable amount of money to secure his services.

A valiant effort to replace Casemiro

Initially, Tchouameni was brought in as a replacement for the legendary Casemiro. However, he has struggled to fill those big shoes and his performances have been inconsistent, with moments of brilliance interspersed with matches where he fails to make a significant impact. 

While he possesses excellent technical skills, his creativity and ability to influence the game are often questioned. As a result, he has yet to win over the Real Madrid fans.

One of Tchouameni’s strengths is his age. At 24, he still has plenty of room to grow and improve. He understands the high standards that Real Madrid demand from the players and is committed to reaching that level. 

Real Madrid still have hope

Aurelien Tchouameni hasn’t convinced the Real Madrid board entirely. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

The club hopes that he will continue to develop and eventually become a leader in the midfield, especially in the absence of veterans like Toni Kroos. 

However, for this to happen, Tchouameni needs to step up and take charge on the field, asserting himself as a player his teammates can rely on.

Tchouameni’s reserved playing style has even caused coach Carlo Ancelotti to doubt whether he is the right fit for the midfield. As a result, the Italian has considered shifting him to a centre-back position due to his aerial ability and strong positioning. 

When called upon to fill in for injured players like David Alaba and Eder Militao, Tchouameni has performed admirably. In fact, Ancelotti once also chose him over Nacho.

Injuries have not helped his case

It must be noted that injuries have plagued Tchouameni’s time at Real Madrid, causing him to miss 20% of the matches since joining the team. 

Additionally, Ancelotti has kept him on the bench for another 20% of the games over the past two seasons. This means that Tchouameni has been a starter in only 55% of the matches under Ancelotti’s management. 

His absences have gone largely unnoticed, as he missed four of the six Champions League group matches and the final, having little impact on the team’s overall performance.

In summary, Tchouameni remains a work in progress at Real Madrid. His potential is undeniable, but he has yet to fully realize it on the field. 

With time on his side and a clear understanding of what is expected of him, the hope is that he will eventually rise to the challenge and become a key player for the team. Until then, Tchouameni’s journey at Real Madrid continues to be one of promise and uncertainty.

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