Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has confirmed that he received offers from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer, but rejected their approach as he only wanted to play for the European Champions.
Tchouameni, 22, joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2022 from Ligue 1 side Monaco for a fee reported to be around €80 million, which could rise to €100 million if certain criteria are met. Signing a six-year deal, he has already appeared in eight competitive games for his new team.
Speaking in an interview with Telefoot, the 22-year-old said that while PSG’s offer was flattering, his mind was already set on moving to Real Madrid.
“I didn’t hesitate with PSG. It’s also a big European club, but I had no doubts: I only wanted Real Madrid,” explained the midfielder.
“€80 million fee? I was not the one who was in the office to give the figures. You arrive in Madrid and you have to perform, stop,” he added.
Unlike his compatriot Eduardo Camavinga, who is still struggling to win the favours of Carlo Ancelotti, Tchouameni has adapted well at Real Madrid so much so that the team is not even sensing the absence of Casemiro, who moved to Manchester United this summer.
Furthermore, the 22-year-old has also claimed a spot in France’s national team, as relayed by his performances against Austria and Denmark in the recent outings, where he completed 90 minutes on both occasions.
Naturally, comparisons were bound to happen and interestingly enough, Tchouameni is compared to a certain Paul Pogba, but the player says he wants to create his own path.
“The new Pogba? It’s flattering because Paul is having a great career, but I am Aurélien Tchouameni,” he corrected. “We still have a relatively different style of play. I try to create my own story,” he added.
Real Madrid want to bring radical changes in Spanish refereeing system – report
Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that Real Madrid want a major change in the Spanish refereeing system.
The reporter writes that the team from the Spanish capital has taken the issue as their top priority mostly because of what happened in the recent derby defeat against Atletico Madrid.
Los Blancos are determined to relentlessly steer a significant overhaul of the refereeing structure, and they have no intention of resting in their pursuit.
Their discontent comes not only from recent events, particularly the contentious derby match but also from a deep-seated frustration with the state of refereeing itself.
Real Madrid not hiding their discontent
The journalist mentions that Real Madrid are unapologetic about their continuous criticism of the refereeing community, firmly believing that a transformation is of utmost importance.
Even prior to the emergence of the Negreira case, the Merengues had been vocal about their dissatisfaction with those responsible for overseeing the refereeing unit.
For what it is worth, the revelation of the former vice president of the CTA’s financial ties to Barcelona only solidified Real Madrid’s resolve to advocate for a complete overhaul in referee management.
Real Madrid are suspicious
Real Madrid firmly assert that any influence from Negreira’s historical decisions in certain key positions raises suspicions about the fairness of the competition.
For that, the management will do everything in its power to achieve a certain level of transparency within the organization that it believes is currently overshadowed by historical baggage.
As of today, Real Madrid continue to voice their concerns through their official channels.
Right now their ultimate goal is to eliminate the involvement of Clos Gomez in VAR decisions, marking the beginning of a long-standing battle they are fighting.