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Real Madrid were monitoring 26-year-old midfielder before he chose Tottenham in the summer

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According to a report from The Athletic, Real Madrid were among several clubs keeping tabs on Yves Bissouma before the Malian midfielder chose to join Tottenham Hotspur in the summer transfer window.

Bissouma had established himself as one of the most consistent performers in the Premier League during his time with Brighton & Hove Albion. His all-round qualities in the middle of the park led to interest from some top clubs across Europe.

From England, the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool were keeping a close watch on the 26-year-old Malian international. Along with them, La Liga heavyweights Real Madrid were also monitoring the midfield star.

However, Bissouma eventually ended up choosing to sign for Tottenham Hotspur. Real Madrid, meanwhile, brought in Aurelien Tchouameni to reinforce their midfield department, landing the Frenchman from AS Monaco in a deal that could reach €100 million.

The 22-year-old has settled in brilliantly at the Santiago Bernabeu, quickly becoming a permanent fixture in the middle of the park in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

With Casemiro being sold to Manchester United in the summer, Tchouameni has seamlessly taken over the reins of the holding midfield position for the champions of Spain and Europe.

Indeed, the entire Real Madrid dressing room and the coaching staff have been left hugely impressed with the adaptation as well as the impact made by the former Bordeaux prospect since joining the club.

Meanwhile, Bissouma has struggled to get a foothold into Antonio Conte’s side at Tottenham. The 26-year-old has played just 160 minutes of football across all competitions so far for the north London club, starting only one game so far.

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France set for major boost as Real Madrid midfielder closes in on a return

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After a long wait, the European Championship is finally underway, with one of the tournament’s favourites Germany opening the competition with an emphatic 5-1 win over Scotland.

Another favourite to win the Euro 2024 is France, who will be in action on Monday as they take on Austria. One of the talking points heading into this game is the fitness of Real Madrid superstar, Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman had picked up an injury late into the 2023/24 campaign, which notably saw him miss the UEFA Champions League final. It was thought that the midfielder would miss a chunk of the Euros as well.

Tchouameni available for France’s group stage games

However, it appears Tchouameni has made a remarkable recovery and could be in contention to feature in France’s group-stage matches.

That is according to AS, which suggests that coach Didier Deschamps is counting on the midfielder to become available sooner rather than later.

Aurelien Tchouameni will soon be available for France. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Although Tchouameni has been ruled out for France’s opening game against Austria, the player is hoping to feature in the two remaining group matches against Poland and the Netherlands.

Up until this point, Tchouameni completed individual training sessions with France’s physical trainer. But recently, he was able to join the team’s training session ahead of the Austria game.

Tchouameni’s return could serve as a massive boost for France. Even though Les Bleus already have a stacked midfield unit, coach Deschamps is a huge admirer of Tchouameni and had backed him to get fit the moment he picked up an injury.

Deschamps, after all, did not opt to replace the Real Madrid star with another player.

France, of course, will have to proceed with caution, knowing the youngster has just recovered from his injury. But they can be hopeful of the player taking part as the tournament progresses.

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