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Real Madrid new signing Mbappe sets his sights on Euro, Ballon d’Or success

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After signing a contract with Real Madrid, Kylian Mbappe will shift his focus to international football, as France gear up for the upcoming European Championship in Germany.

Mbappe is heading into this tournament as the captain of the French national team and is likely to play a big role as Les Bleus look to win the competition for the first time in 24 years.

Interestingly, coach Didier Deschamps was the captain of the French team when the nation won its last Euro in 2000.

Mbappe on France’s chances at Euro 2024

Mbappe will look to emulate his coach, with his French team already emerging as one of the favourites heading into the tournament.

“Are we the favourites? We just want to win you know. We want to win and make France proud,” Mbappe recently said (h/t L’Equipe), when asked about France’s chances at Euro 2024.

Stressing on his captaincy, the Frenchman added, “I really want to win the Euros, it’s my first competition as captain so it’s really important for me.”

Seeking his first European Championship (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP) (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Mbappe was France’s best performer in the last two World Cups, with the forward notably scoring a hat-trick in the 2022 FIFA World Cup final, even though Les Bleus lost to Argentina.

Coming on the back of a 44-goal season at PSG, followed by a dream move to Real Madrid, Mbappe is now looking to win his first-ever European Championship.

Securing the coveted competition could go a long way in helping the Frenchman solidify his position as one of the favourites to win the Ballon d’Or trophy, where he will face stiff competition from Erling Haaland, and his future teammates Vinicius Jr and Jude Bellingham.

When asked about winning the Ballon d’Or, Mbappe highlighted the value the trophy holds for him on a personal level.

The Ballon d’Or is still my goal. From an early age, I wanted to become the best player in the world. I want to keep progressing without ever losing the pleasure of playing,” he said.

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Real Madrid still waiting to see the best version of 24-year-old midfielder

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Midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has been at Real Madrid since 2023 but the Frenchman still hasn’t convinced the club’s hierarchy entirely, reports MARCA.

At just 24 years old, Tchouameni was signed for a staggering €80 million, a fee that could rise to €100 million with additional bonuses. This substantial investment reflects the high hopes that Real Madrid had for him, but so far, he has not lived up to those expectations.

Upon his arrival, the young midfielder’s potential sparked a fierce bidding war two seasons ago, with several top clubs vying for his signature. 

Ultimately, Tchouameni chose Real Madrid, but not before the club shelled out a considerable amount of money to secure his services.

A valiant effort to replace Casemiro

Initially, Tchouameni was brought in as a replacement for the legendary Casemiro. However, he has struggled to fill those big shoes and his performances have been inconsistent, with moments of brilliance interspersed with matches where he fails to make a significant impact. 

While he possesses excellent technical skills, his creativity and ability to influence the game are often questioned. As a result, he has yet to win over the Real Madrid fans.

One of Tchouameni’s strengths is his age. At 24, he still has plenty of room to grow and improve. He understands the high standards that Real Madrid demand from the players and is committed to reaching that level. 

Real Madrid still have hope

Aurelien Tchouameni hasn’t convinced the Real Madrid board entirely. (Photo by Rafa Babot/Getty Images)

The club hopes that he will continue to develop and eventually become a leader in the midfield, especially in the absence of veterans like Toni Kroos. 

However, for this to happen, Tchouameni needs to step up and take charge on the field, asserting himself as a player his teammates can rely on.

Tchouameni’s reserved playing style has even caused coach Carlo Ancelotti to doubt whether he is the right fit for the midfield. As a result, the Italian has considered shifting him to a centre-back position due to his aerial ability and strong positioning. 

When called upon to fill in for injured players like David Alaba and Eder Militao, Tchouameni has performed admirably. In fact, Ancelotti once also chose him over Nacho.

Injuries have not helped his case

It must be noted that injuries have plagued Tchouameni’s time at Real Madrid, causing him to miss 20% of the matches since joining the team. 

Additionally, Ancelotti has kept him on the bench for another 20% of the games over the past two seasons. This means that Tchouameni has been a starter in only 55% of the matches under Ancelotti’s management. 

His absences have gone largely unnoticed, as he missed four of the six Champions League group matches and the final, having little impact on the team’s overall performance.

In summary, Tchouameni remains a work in progress at Real Madrid. His potential is undeniable, but he has yet to fully realize it on the field. 

With time on his side and a clear understanding of what is expected of him, the hope is that he will eventually rise to the challenge and become a key player for the team. Until then, Tchouameni’s journey at Real Madrid continues to be one of promise and uncertainty.

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