Gabri Veiga is currently one of the gems of Spanish football, having made a remarkable impact with Celta Vigo last season.
His breakthrough campaign had put him in the crosshairs of major European clubs this summer, including Real Madrid.
But to everyone’s surprise, Veiga ended up moving to Saudi Arabia, joining Al Ahli for a fee of around €40 million. Thanks to his decision, Veiga became one of Saudi football’s first quality European young talents.
However, not everyone was happy with Veiga’s move to Saudi Arabia, with Toni Kroos, in particular, criticising the midfielder. The German even labelled the decision as ’embarrassing’.
Carvajal backs Veiga
Appearing in Jorge Valdano’s program, Kroos’ Real Madrid teammate Dani Carvajal has other opinions about Veiga’s move to Saudi Arabia.
The ageing right-back has backed the young Spaniard for making the move to the Middle East, even if the move was motivated by money.
“I understand you perfectly. When I went to Germany I signed for five years and the first thing I did was buy my parents a house. In the end, it is economic support and if you can help your family,” Carvajal said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).
The Real Madrid superstar further pointed out how Veiga’s career could have ended differently if the midfielder had joined a European team.
“You have to understand the boy. In the end, the boy can go to Napoli earning a million euros but perhaps the career could have an injury or the career doesn’t go where he wants it to go and everything goes wrong. It’s understandable,” he said.
It must be noted that Napoli were not the only suitor for Veiga, who was also courted by Real Madrid.
But following the arrival of Jude Bellingham and Arda Guler, the Spanish giants did not end up making a move for the former Celta Vigo, who will look to kickstart the next chapter in his career.
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.