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.
Real Madrid midfielder set to sign a four-year contract with the club
In a major development, journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin is reporting that Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos has decided to sign a new contract with the club and will pen a four-year deal to stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 26-year-old midfielder’s current contract with Real Madrid stands to expire at the end of the season. And there had been conflicting reports over whether he would be offered a new deal by the Merengues.
But the Spaniard has managed to turn things around spectacularly in recent weeks, putting up top displays one after the other, helping Real Madrid emerge out of a poor run at the start of the new year.
It has convinced the club to hand him a new contract and it seems like things are moving swiftly on the renewal front for Ceballos.
Indeed, as per the update from Tomas Gonzalez-Martin, Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new four-year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2027. It will see the midfielder receive an improved salary to the one that he is currently earning.
And Ceballos has decided to sign the deal. The former Real Betis ace has always maintained that he wants to continue at the Bernabeu beyond the current campaign. And the two parties could now be close to shaking hands on a new contract.
Ceballos joined Real Madrid from Real Betis back in 2017, arriving as one of the most talented young midfielders in La Liga. However, he found the going tough initially, thanks to the hegemony of the midfield trio of Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, and Casemiro.
The Spaniard spent a couple of seasons on loan at Arsenal before returning to the club in 2021. If not for an injury while away at the Tokyo Olympics, Ceballos could have been sold that year.
Having returned to action in January last year, he has slowly but surely gained importance in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans. And he is now set to be rewarded with a new four-year contract by the champions of Spain and Europe.