Carlo Ancelotti’s squad has great depth in midfield heading into the new season. However, the distribution of talent under his disposal is unequally skewed.
Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Eduardo Camavinga, Arda Guler, Dani Ceballos and Jude Bellingham all perform best when deployed in the advanced midfield. There is, however, not much direct depth in the defensive midfield.
Aurelien Tchouameni thus stands as the manager’s best hope to cover the pivot position. While Kroos and Camavinga can perform the role on need, the Frenchman remains the one the manager counts on.
Fabrizio Romano reiterates the same in his latest report. According to the ever-reliable Italian journalist, Tchouameni is a critical part of Real Madrid’s plans both for the present as well as the future. Ancelotti and the club place complete faith in him and have declared him untransferable.
The 23-year-old began last season as a regular starter after Casemiro’s departure and created waves in the media as the rightful heir to the Brazilian’s place. However, his level dropped soon after the FIFA World Cup in Qatar and has seen a downward spiral ever since.
With the youngster not playing as much as he would have liked to in the second half of the campaign, rumours of a departure began to make way.
Several teams are at his doorstep with offers with Arsenal and Liverpool being the most prominent names. Romano states that it will be very difficult for either club to lure him to the Premier League. There have been talks of interest from Munich, but that too appears to have passed.
As it stands, Tchouameni will have his chance to prove his worth once more beginning from the pre-season. His continuity in the dynamics will depend on his consistency and quality in the middle of the park. Needless to say, the 23-year-old is more motivated than ever to win back his place.
French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him
Aurelien Tchouameni has had an exciting start to his career at Real Madrid. Since joining the club for almost €80 million last summer, the young Frenchman has now become a pivotal figure in Real Madrid’s midfield unit.
However, prior to his move to Santiago Bernabeu, the midfielder was closely linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
In a recent interview, Tchouameni opened up on his links to PSG but revealed his decision to join Real Madrid.
Aurelien Tchouameni on PSG links
Talking about speculations linking him to PSG, Tchouameni said (h/t Madrid Zone), “PSG? Frankly, I thought about it. It’s a very big European club, we want the French clubs to succeed.”
“But honestly, when Real Madrid calls you, it’s very complicated to say no,” Tchouameni added.
The midfielder was linked with a move to PSG during his time at AS Monaco. Les Parisiens wanted to sign the youngster as part of their plans to reinforce the midfield unit.
Tchouameni, though, ended up opting for a move to Real Madrid, which turned out to be a prudent decision from the midfielder’s end.
Tchouameni’s career at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni made a total of 50 competitive appearances during his maiden season at Real Madrid.
Although the Frenchman was not entirely a first-team regular in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, his stature in the team is expected to grow in the coming years.
Especially as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric move on at the end of the season, there is scope for Tchouameni to become a first-team regular in the Real Madrid midfield in the years to come.
The former AS Monaco starlet has already played a crucial role in the starting eleven so far this season and it is only going to continue as the season progresses.