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Tchouameni reveals Mbappe’s attempts to lure him to PSG, hails Real Madrid teammate

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Following his inclusion in the France squad for the upcoming FIFA World Cup, Aurelien Tchouameni has opened up on his career in a recent interview with L’Equipe, in which he discussed his move to Real Madrid, his teammate Luka Modric as well as Kylian Mbappe.

Hailing Modric for his ability on the ball, Tchouameni said: “As a defensive midfielder, I can tell you that getting the ball away from Luka Modrić’s feet is very complicated. When you manage to take the ball from a guy like that, afterwards, you can take it from anyone.”

The Frenchman also offered a key insight into his move to Real Madrid, revealing that he was approached by his compatriot Kylian Mbappe, who urged him to join PSG in the summer transfer window.

“At the end of last season, I had a very interesting conversation with Kylian Mbappé. He wanted to know what I was planning to do. He told me: ‘Come on, you have to come to PSG!’ But my choice was already made a long time ago,” he revealed.

Tchouameni went on to reaffirm his happiness at Real Madrid and feels he is exactly where he needs to be, adding, “I feel like I am where I have always wanted to be. I’m where I need to be.”

When asked whether the €80 million price tag weighs on his mind and leads to pressure, the young midfielder replied:

“No. In my head, I’m made for this. This is my destiny. That means I’ve worked hard, that I’ve made sure I got here. Now that I’m here, what do I do? I have to earn the starting spot, I have to perform well, and I have to win titles. So I’m not here to watch…”

Despite being 22 years old, Tchouameni is known for his maturity and calm demeanour on the field. “Everybody does stupid things, nobody is perfect. But yes, one of my main characteristics is calm, always trying to be in control,” he said about what makes him stand out.

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 17 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in the summer. When asked about the criticism he has faced in his career, the midfielder referred to Cristiano Ronaldo, indicating that it is merely a part and parcel of a footballer’s journey.

“When you see the sh*t people say about a legend like Cristiano Ronaldo for example, then who am I to be safe from criticism?”

On his adaptation in the Real Madrid dressing room, the 22-year-old said: “We are a group and we are not all here to be friends, but to respect each other and win. I’m lucky to have a lot of people in the group who speak French, so it’s easier to adapt.”

Tchouameni also touched upon the departure of Casemiro from Real Madrid in the summer, saying: “If Case was still here, I wouldn’t play as much. Anyway, in Madrid, if you’re not good, you don’t play. So if I’m playing a lot of games, it means things are going well.”

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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