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Manchester United defender lauds Real Madrid summer arrival: “He is a complete player”

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Speaking to the press ahead of France’s UEFA Nations League fixtures, Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has heaped praises on Real Madrid new signing Aurelien Tchouameni.

The former Real Madrid defensive mainstay, who left the club last year to join the Premier League giants, has hailed his compatriot, who joined Los Blancos this past summer in a deal worth around €100 million, for his quick adaptation.

Indeed, Tchouameni was thrown into the thick of things soon after his arrival as Real Madrid sold Casemiro to Manchester United. And the 22-year-old has taken up the mantle of replacing the Brazilian with ease, quickly becoming one of the best players on display at the Bernabeu.

Talking to the media (h/t MARCA), Varane praised Tchouameni saying: “First of all, I applaud the adaptation that he has had in a club like Real Madrid, I know to what extent it is difficult.”

Further waxing lyrical over the former AS Monaco midfielder, Varane added: “He is a complete player, who knows how to defend and has the ability to organize the game.

“He asks for the ball from the first match in the national team and is very mature for his age. What he does is incredible and I hope it stays that way.”

Tchouameni had other options during the summer, including Liverpool, but the midfielder rejected them in order to move to the Santiago Bernabeu. And, the club and his new teammates have been very pleased with the impact the youngster has had since arriving.

With Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde, Real Madrid’s midfield department looks sorted for the future.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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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.

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