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Real Madrid see midfielder as ‘untouchable’ despite Bellingham’s imminent signing

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With Jude Bellingham’s signing all but confirmed, Real Madrid must find a way to deal with a crowded midfield, as once the England international arrives, the team will have as many as seven options to choose from.

Over the last few weeks, Aurelien Tchouameni’s name has been doing rounds in the media due to a poor run of form. The Frenchman, who arrived at Real Madrid in June 2022 for a reported €80 million fee, has been struggling for form after the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The 23-year-old has been overlooked in crucial matches in the recent past, but as journalist Santi Aouna writes for Foot Mercato, the midfielder is considered ‘untouchable’ by the club.

This means despite Bellingham’s arrival, Real Madrid will not sell Tchouameni in the summer.

The midfielder arrived in Madrid with the idea of having to represent the team in the long run and despite his ongoing struggle, the thought has not changed one bit. He is said to be crazy about the team and still wants to be a long-term player with them.

It must be remembered that Tchouameni made a promising start to his Real Madrid career. But ever since the World Cup in Qatar, his performances have dipped.

Good thing for the team that the 23-year-old is aware of his downfall and while speaking about it, he expressed that he is pretty much confident that he will bounce back.

“I’m confident, I know what I can do. There can be tough times in an athlete’s career, and this is the first time it’s happened to me — but I’m still learning. There is a lot of competition at Real and you have to be good to play,” the midfielder said after France’s 4-0 win over Netherlands back in March.

As of today, manager Carlo Ancelotti continues to trust his young midfielder and he is certainly not willing to lose any hope on him. The Italian continues to work with him and he will do so until he maximises the midfielder’s output.

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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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