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Tchouameni rubs down talks of France playing better without Benzema: “It was going well”



Aurelien Tchouameni has gone from pauper to prince within the span of a year. His big-money move to Real Madrid, quick adaptation and settling into Ancelotti’s plans and now his regular starts for the French National Team just go on to show the quality in his boots and the resilience in his mentality.

The youngster recently gave an interview with RMC Sport where he talked all the aforementioned topics, especially about his adpatation in Spain. Here are the snippets from his invterview.

Tchouameni opened his interview with a strong statement against the rumour that the French National Team felt more united after Karim Benzema’s departure from the squad.

“I wanted to come back to something we saw regarding Karim’s departure, the fact that we felt better since he was no longer here. It’s totally false because even when he was here it was already going very well.”

He then expressed his respect and gratitude towards Real Madrid and how it was a dream come true fir his to don the white color jerrsey.

“I thank God every day when I arrive at my club, Real Madrid.”

When news of Tchouameni’s desire to leave AS Monaco surfaced, several top European clubs joined the race to sign him including Real Madrid’s arch rivals Barcelona. The youngster said that he always had Carlo Ancelotti’s side in his mind and did not consider other proposals.

“There were many approaches from clubs but I put everything on standby because in my head I thought that Real Madrid could arrive at any time.”

The 22-year-old then elaborated on what made the Madrid based club so prestigious and how it motivated him to do his best.

“From the first moment I arrived at Real Madrid city, I realized how big of an institution it is. I said to myself ‘IT’S ON’.”

When asked how it felt like to play with Eduardo Camavinga at such a big club at a young age, he said,

“It makes us learn together with the greatest. We have the chance to train with Kroos & Modric.”

The midfielder signed off with a note on his adaptation at his new club and gave credit to not only teammates but also other members of the management.

“I adapted quickly thanks to my teammates, staff and everyone who made me feel like at home. We continue to progress.”

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Real Madrid midfielder trained away from the group last week, but has no injury – report



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With the international break underway, several Real Madrid players have been called up for national team assignments. The stars who have not travelled for international duty have continued to work at the club’s Valdebebas training facility to prepare for the restart.

Toni Kroos is one such player who has remained in Madrid, having retired from international football back in 2021.

However, there had been concerns growing around the 33-year-old’s physical condition as he regularly did indoor work last week and was not spotted in group training with his teammates.

Now, Sergio Quirante has come up with an update on Kroos’ situation, stating that even though the midfielder largely did individual work inside the facilities over the last week, he is fine and has no injuries.

Taking advantage of the international break, the former Bayern Munich superstar is understood to have gone through an individual program to prepare for the final, decisive stretch of the 2022/23 season.

Kroos not being injured comes as a big positive for Real Madrid, ahead of important games against Real Valladolid and Barcelona within the first five days of April.

The rest of the Real Madrid midfield contingent – Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, and Dani Ceballos – are all away on international duties and could return with some fatigue from the travel.

So, it is important that Kroos is fully fit and ready to go as Real Madrid look to cut down the gap to the top of the table in La Liga and also make it to the finals of the Copa del Rey by overturning a first-leg deficit against Barcelona in the semi-finals.

Kroos has played 37 matches this season, chipping in with two goals and five assists in the process. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, it is still unclear whether he will renew or hang up his boots.

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