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Real Madrid midfielder confirms turning down approaches from Liverpool, PSG

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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.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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