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Tchouameni says Mbappe is the best in the world over Messi: “Will prove it on Sunday”

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For the second consecutive edition of the FIFA World Cup, France have booked their place in the finals of the tournament. The winners of the 2018 edition defeated Morocco 2-0 in the second semi-finals to book a date with Lionel Messi’s Argentina side for Sunday.

Goals from Theo Hernandez and Randal Kolo Muani helped Les Bleus secure a spot in the finals, where they will come up against an in-form Messi who dazzled magnificently in Argentina’s semi-final win over Croatia.

Following the match on Wednesday, Antoine Griezmann, who has played some of his finest football in a long time at the World Cup, claimed that Messi is the best in the world.

“Messi is the best player in the world right now,” Griezmann said (h/t VN Express).

Responding to his national teammate’s comments, Real Madrid and France midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has claimed that he believes Kylian Mbappe is the best in the world at the moment and will prove that in the finals when Les Bleus face Argentina.

“For me, Kylian is the best… And he will prove it on Sunday,” Tchouameni said (h/t TyC Sports).

The 22-year-old Real Madrid midfielder, however, warned his teammates that Argentina are not just about Messi and there will be ten more players that they must be alert against, saying:

“It’s complicated to win, but we’re all going to work together to do it. We are going to make a plan, recover well and work to win this game because Messi will be there, but he also has ten other players by his side.”

Tchouameni also confirmed that he had spoken to Real Madrid teammate Karim Benzema who was ruled out of the World Cup with an injury, as he added: “Yes, he was very happy for everyone.”

Mbappe and Messi are currently tied at the top of the goalscoring charts at the FIFA World Cup 2022, having scored five goals apiece. So, apart from the coveted World Cup trophy, the Golden Boot will also be on the line when the two PSG superstars face off on Sunday.

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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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