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Real Madrid fully trust midfielder despite recent decline in form – Romano



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One of the critical factors in sealing Toni Kroos’s season-long renewal with Real Madrid was said to be the radical change in position. The German international had operated as an interior midfielder for most of his career but began to see the defensive midfield as his next step as he aged.

Kroos’ newfound role as the pivot coupled with Eduardo Camavinga’s exponential rise and consistent displays in the position leaves Carlo Ancelotti with options aplenty at the base of midfield. However, one player who has stood to lose is Aurelien Tchouameni.

The French midfielder has seen a steep fall in prominence after the FIFA World Cup and no longer features as a regular starter for the team’s big games. His role in the side has been reduced to that of a squad player utilised for rotation.

According to reports from Fabrizio Romano on OnAmp (h/t Madrid Xtra), Los Blancos trust Tchouameni as a crucial player for the future regardless of his bearish run right now. The management see him as a fantastic talent.

Clubs like Liverpool continue to explore the possibility of snatching the star from Real Madrid come June. However, Jurgen Klopp’s side know that the player is unavailable for all practical purposes.

The 22-year-old former Monaco star has made 25 La Liga appearances for the Merengues this season, albeit starting only on 19 occasions. In that duration, he has provided four assists and created four big chances.

Defensively, Tchouameni has been nothing short of a sensation. His average numbers per ninety minutes stand at 1.5 interceptions, two tackles, 1.6 clearances and close to six duals won.

The youngster started Real Madrid’s game against Celta Vigo at the weekend and played the full ninety minutes with poise and class. He is expected to start midweek against Girona as well, especially with Ancelotti confirming that Camavinga is dealing with a fitness problem.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future




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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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