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Valverde talks Kroos, Guler, comparisons with Lampard, Gerrard, Real Madrid captaincy



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Despite not being able to play a competitive match for Real Madrid yet, new signing Arda Guler has made quite an impact in the team so much so that Federico Valverde recently said that the 18-year-old Turk is going to help the team a lot next season.

In an extensive interview with Madrista Real, 25-year-old Valverde spoke on various subjects, including his personal goal with Real, preferred position and his desire to captain the Whites one day in his professional career. 

It must be noted that Valverde joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2016 after just one professional season with Penarol in Uruguay. While reminiscing his early days, the midfielder said,

“Since I was a child I wanted to play football. And I did it all the time. When you are a child you can dream that I am going to dedicate myself professionally to football but I never imagined that he could play for the best club in the world. 

“There are still days that I can’t believe it’s reality. And I am thankful for being able to come and train with Madrid and with these incredible teammates. I play with the best in the world; isn’t it amazing?”

Over the years, Valverde has become a crucial piece of Carlo Ancelotti’s blueprint and the player believes that it is the hunger that drives him to continuous improvement.

“[I wish to face my sixth season at Madrid] With the same enthusiasm as always, that is the maximum. And above all with a very high responsibility,” he said.

“I’m sure all my peers feel this way; I am very excited and with the hunger and seriousness that this shield demands.

Known for his versatility, the 25-year-old has been used across various positions and the midfielder has always repaid the faith. However, upon asking about his favourable position, he said:

“Scoring goals is always nice, but I can’t imagine that I will go down in history as a great scorer. I like to contribute everything from the bottom up. Build, steal, press, assist, define. Every day I try to be as complete as possible.”

Valverde sees Toni Kroos as his idol. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

Valverde has been compared with English legends Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard in some circles, but the midfielder has always maintained that his idol is club teammate Toni Kroos.

Talking about the said comparisons and his feelings about Kroos, he said: “I don’t consider myself special or different. I am a player who kills himself to help, to be useful. It is true that I hit him hard, but I do not like comparisons. Regarding Toni, his career defines him as a world star.”

Back when Real Madrid first showed interest in Valverde in 2016, the player had other offers on the table as well. The midfielder, however, decided to join Los Blancos because,

“This is not even a question. The answer is the simplest in the world. Being able to go with the best, why go with another?”

On Arda Guler, he said, “He is very talented and has a magnificent left foot. I’m sure it can give us a lot. She is very young and everything should not be demanded of her from day one.”

When asked which player he feels most connected with, the midfielder said, “It’s hard to choose and in fact, I don’t choose. I think that outside of football people have many acquaintances and some true friends. I have many friends here, they are people I trust the most. This is great.”

On whether he has experienced any racism like his teammate, Vinicius Jr., Valverde said: “Football should be a place to have fun, to live, to excite and to enjoy. There is no place for insults in football.”

Lastly, when asked what kind of captain he would like to be, especially since he has played under Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, and Karim Benzema, Valverde said,

“Being captain of Real Madrid is the consequence of time and a job well done. It is not a gift. Pride, experience, responsibility, judgment, balance.”

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French midfielder admits considering PSG move before Real Madrid called him



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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.

Tchouameni preferred Real Madrid over PSG (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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.

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