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Real Madrid see 23-year-old’s dip in form as ‘normal’, player working hard to return to his best

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According to reports from AS, Aurelien Tchouameni is working hard towards his goal of turning a new page with Real Madrid. The French midfielder has been working relentlessly with a personal trainer even through his summer vacation and aims to return to training soon in top condition.

The youngster made a strong start to the 2022-23 campaign, which was also his first with the club. It did not take long before he was a regular starter in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup, but it all went haywire after the World Cup.

Tchouameni saw a steep decline in the second half of the season. With his consistency and quality no longer at par with the manager’s expectations, he found it difficult to see regular minutes.

The Spanish publication add that the management see his dip to be normal. Real Madrid are calm over his situation and trust him to recover his best version in the coming weeks.

Heading into the 2023-24 campaign, Ancelotti has the French prodigy as a regular starter in his plans. After all, he sees Eduardo Camavinga as a regular presence in the advanced midfield, leaving the weight of the pivot position on Tchouameni’s shoulders.

On that front, the youngster will have a lot of adaptation to face next season. Ancelotti contemplates a major change in formation, and the 23-year-old would be the heart of the setup in either case.

If the manager gives the green light to the 4-4-2 diamond setup, he would have to carry the defensive midfield single-handedly for the entire season. A 4-2-3-1, however, would grant him more freedom as it would see the use of a double pivot.

Tchouameni is expected to join the team in the United States of America later this week. The upcoming pre-season fixtures will be critical for him to win his spot back.

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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