Songs were sung about Aurelien Tchouameni’s abilities in defensive midfield at the beginning of the 2022/23 season. After all, the French prodigy covered splendidly for Casemiro, helping the club move on from the Brazilian legend with ease.
However, everything changed after the World Cup in Qatar. Tchouameni, whose market value stands at €85 million, was a regular starter for Didier Deschamps’ setup in the mega-event.
Once he returned to Real Madrid after France’s final heartbreak against Argentina, the 23-year-old struggled to reach the heights he had in the first half of the season. His form declined, he had fitness issues as well and gradually he lost his place in the lineup.
Now, given the riches in midfield Real Madrid have, Tchouameni has been linked with a summer exit, with clubs from the Premier League showing an interest.
But, according to reports from Fabrizio Romano, Tchouameni will stay at Real Madrid next season. He is still considered a crucial part of the team’s setup for the present and the future.
The youngster will almost certainly have a regular role at the club in the 2023/24 campaign. However, the question boils down to the prominence he sees under Carlo Ancelotti, both as a starter and on the big nights.
After all, Eduardo Camavinga established himself as a solid option to play in the pivot position last season and is now a direct competitor for the starting spot. Reports also suggest that Ancelotti already sees the 20-year-old as a regular starter.
To compound Tchouameni’s problems, Toni Kroos has also taken significant steps towards shifting to the defensive midfield. The veteran sees his short-term future to be in a deeper role, for it will enable him to have the same impact with less running.
The pre-season, needless to say, will be a decisive factor in determining the World Cup finalist’s role next season. Given the number of options at the manager’s disposal, it will take something special for Tchouameni to win back his regular role.
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.