While there were question marks over why Real Madrid had paid a lofty fee of €100 million to sign Aurelien Tchouameni, hindsight has put all such doubts to bed.
The French international’s performances have impressed to such a degree that a number of observers have mentioned that club legend Casemiro’s absence has not been felt one bit so far.
Many have even claimed that the 22-year old is superior in possession to the now-Manchester United defensive midfielder, which allows Los Blancos to control games in better fashion after his arrival.
One of his biggest admirers seems to be none other than France boss Didier Deschamps, who was full of praise for the former AS Monaco starlet.
“Aurelien has everything, even if he’s still young. Beyond everything, he’s capable of doing on the pitch, in his head he is made for that too”, he said, as quoted by journalist Frederick Calenge (h/t Madrid Zone).
It is certainly impressive to see how Tchouameni has not missed a beat since joining arguably the biggest club in the world.
Additionally, the generational talent is yet to seem unfazed, despite replacing a player of Casemiro’s ilk, who formed one of the greatest midfield trios in the history of the game alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.
The ex-Bordeaux academy graduate’s importance to the European champions is already evident, as he has been excluded out of the starting lineup out of one match out of a total eight for his club this season.
The frightening prospect that remains is to ponder about how much the gifted midfielder can improve over time, seeing he may be the most in-form number six in Europe currently.
With Didier Deschamps being a fan of Aurelien Tchouameni’s ability and mentality, it seems as if the only way is up for the prodigy.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.