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Real Madrid new arrival has ‘exceeded all expectations’ since summer move

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There are several unsung heroes at Real Madrid who work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure the team’s success. One such figure who is barely recognised is Juni Calafat.

The Brazilian is the head of Los Blancos’ scouting department and is responsible for several of the young recruits in recent years, including the €100 million acquisition of Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco this past summer.

And according to reports from Diario AS, Tchouameni has exceeded all expectations at Real Madrid so far. The management trusts him to cover the defensive midfield position completely.

The Frenchman seems set to be Calafat’s next big success after Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Federico Valverde.

Since Casemiro’s departure, Tchouameni has been a regular starter for Real Madrid. Yet, the 22-year-old did not take any pressure on his shoulders and dished out three world-class displays in as many games.

In his most recent outing against Real Betis, he was nothing short of stellar. Tchouameni had 92 touches with a pass completion rate of 90%. He produced a whopping 30 defensive actions on the night, one key pass and one dribble.

In a very short time at the club, Tchouameni is already assured of a starting spot in Real Madrid’s midfield. Yet, the question remains as to how long he can retain his good form and whether he can do it consistently.

Los Blancos signed the French international from Monaco in June. The deal is reported to be worth €80 million and can go up to €100 million with add-ons. His current contract runs until the summer of 2028.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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