Real Madrid mounted a strong second-half display against AC Milan to record a 3-2 win on their first game of the pre-season tour. The game was far from perfect but had enough silver lining for Carlo Ancelotti to work with.
One of the biggest talking points of the game was Jude Bellingham. The English prodigy made his debut in the white colours on the night and left a strong impression on the management with his performance. In fact, Ancelotti sang praises of the midfielder’s abilities in his post-match press conference.
“He’s a fantastic player, very important for us because he’s a complete midfielder and he brings real pace and intensity to the game.”
While Bellingham had his special moment in last night’s game, Arda Guler surprisingly stayed on the bench throughout. He was not called on by the manager even at half-time presumably out of precaution over the discomfort in his right leg.
According to reports from MARCA, Guler is expected to make his debut for Real Madrid against Manchester United later this week. Similar to Bellingham last night, he could even start the game at NRG Stadium.
Despite being just 18 years of age, the Turkish star has left a strong impression on the Real Madrid management. He is said to be performing at a very high level in training so far and is pushing for a starting spot under the manager this term.
Reports from last week reveal that Luka Modric has taken Guler under his wing in training. The Croatian legend, in fact, sees the teenager to be his successor in the long run.
All Real Madrid fans will thus have their eyes glued to the action on Wednesday night when Los Blancos take on the Red Devils in Texas. After all, it could well be the debut of one of the team’s biggest stars for the next decade.
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.