Argentina’s triumph at the FIFA World Cup will go down in the history books as Lionel Messi’s crowning moment. However, the success is equally befitting to all the players on Lionel Scaloni’s roster, every one of whom had a stellar showing.
Enzo Fernandez is one such young star who shone the brightest in the Albiceleste’s campaign in Qatar. The midfielder started the event as a bench player for Scaloni but earned a starting spot in the knockouts courtesy of his high quality.
In seven World Cup appearances for Argentina, the youngster scored one goal and provided one assist. Further, he averaged a key pass, a shot, and close to nine defensive actions per game.
Eventually, he would walk up onto the podium to collect the FIFA Best Young Player of the tournament award just weeks later.
The 21-year-old’s consistent displays on the biggest stage have left several too European clubs dreaming of his signing. Real Madrid have shown an interest in Enzo Fernandez, as have Liverpool, with reports suggesting that the latter had a pre-agreement to sign him.
However, according to reports from Pedro Sepulveda, Enzo Fernandez has not reached an agreement with any club so far, leaving the race wide open. Furthermore, there have been no official negotiations so far with his party.
Real Madrid are also in the running for Fernandez’s signing, alongside the likes of Chelsea and Liverpool. However, Benfica refuse to negotiate a transfer fee for their star and demand his release clause of €120 million to part ways with him in January.
Los Blancos do not intend to make any purchases in the winter window but will go after his signing if he is still available come June. Given that Jude Bellingham’s transfer now looks increasingly unclear, Fernandez would be the ideal candidate in the long term for the midfield.
There have been reports that Real Madrid could look to trigger the 21-year-old’s release clause in January itself but sign him in the summer. Whether they decide to take that course of action or bide their time and keep pushing for Bellingham remains to be seen.
Real Madrid ‘have to win every game’, says midfielder ahead of derby vs Atletico
Ahead of the Madrilenian derby, Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has claimed that donning the royal white shirt of the club means that they have to win every win game, irrespective of who the opponent is.
Los Blancos have made a strong start to the 2023/24 season, winning each of their six games across all competitions, and are currently seated atop the La Liga standings.
But they await their biggest test of the campaign so far tomorrow at Civitas Metropolitano as Atletico Madrid get set to lock horns with Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
Real Madrid must win every game, says Tchouameni
In the lead-up to the game, Tchouameni interacted with the media and stressed the importance of winning every match, irrespective of who the opposition is.
“We have to win every game. It doesn’t matter if it’s against Atlético de Madrid or Getafe, it doesn’t matter,” Tchouameni said, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.
At the same time, though, the French international highlighted the importance of the derby against Atletico Madrid and what it means for the fans.
“When you take the field in the Real Madrid shirt, we always have to win. It’s a derby, it’s an important game for us and for the fans. We have to continue as we have been doing, winning games like we have done all season,” he added.
Solid start for Tchouameni
Aurelien Tchouameni arrived at Real Madrid last year and soon became an integral part of the team under Carlo Ancelotti.
The midfielder’s form took a nosedive in the second half of the 2022/23 campaign, but he has started the new season on a much stronger note.
Despite a so-so display against Real Sociedad last week, Tchouameni has been a solid presence in Ancelotti’s diamond midfield setup and will be aiming to carry on in the same vein of form against Atletico Madrid.