Aurelien Tchouameni was one of the two major midfield investments Real Madrid have made since last year. The youngster joined the club in the summer transfer window, in a big-money move from AS Monaco.
Tchouameni recently sat down with Le Parisien in an exclusive interview, where he spoke about his summer move to Real Madrid. The midfielder notably revealed the interest from Liverpool, but he insisted a move to Santiago Bernabeu was always his priority.
“The first club that showed interest in me was Liverpool, we had a few discussions. Then Real Madrid arrived and in my head, it was very clear: Real Madrid or no one,” Tchouameni told Le Parisien.
“I told my agent that as long as there is interest from Real Madrid, we have to do everything to go there,” he added.
Tchouameni was about the interest from Paris Saint-Germain as well. The midfielder doubled down on his desire to join Real Madrid and hailed Los Blancos as the best club in the world.
“When PSG approached me, my choice to join Madrid was already made. I didn’t hesitate for a second. Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world. If you want to accomplish great things and mark history in football, there is no better place to be,” said Tchouameni.
The former AS Monaco was also asked about the prospect of facing big teams like PSG and Liverpool, who they face in the Round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League. But the midfielder insists he is not fearful of those challenges.
“No. When you play for Real Madrid, you cannot be afraid,” he said.
In the meantime, though, Tchouameni will look to focus on the ongoing FIFA World Cup. With the likes of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba ruled out through injury, the Real Madrid star could end up playing a key role for Les Bleus in their bid to defend the coveted title.
UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”
Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.
Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.
A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.
Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista
Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”
The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.
“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.
Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.
Topuria’s message for Mbappe
Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.
When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”
Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.
Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.