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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 defender on the radars of Juventus, could leave for €6-8 million



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Real Madrid are looking towards a heavy splurge in the coming summer transfer window. After all, they do not even have another option given the sheer number of player departures already finalized.

Los Blancos have lost the services of Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Eden Hazard over the past week. While three of the four players predominantly featured on the bench, their presence in the squad gave Carlo Ancelotti’s side much-needed depth and a cushion of sorts.

The forward unit is, thus, the most prioritized department ahead of the transfer window. However, pieces are beginning to fall apart on other fronts and could potentially put the club in a difficult situation.

According to reports from Gianluca Di Marzio, Juventus are eyeing Lucas Vazquez and hope to sign him in the coming month. Contacts between the two parties have begun and the transfer fee discussed appears to be around the €6 million to €8 million ballpark given that he has just one year left on his contract.

The player, for his part, is willing to sign for the Italian giants given his relative lack of minutes at the Santiago Bernabeu. At 31 years of age, he understandably does not want to play a second-fiddle role.

Vasquez played part in 23 of Real Madrid’s 38 La Liga games last season, starting only on 12 occasions. Even in his few appearances, he averaged a mere 50 minutes per game.

The veteran completed the season with four goals and an assist to his name. Further, he averaged five defensive actions and a key pass in every game and feels hard done by his limited role.

Vazquez’s departure would place the club in a tricky situation as it would leave Real Madrid with only Dani Carvajal as a natural right-back option. Nacho Fernandez could, in theory, serve as the backup but a new signing for the position cannot be ruled out.

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