Aurelien Tchouameni reveals Kylian Mbappe tried to bring him to PSG as he is unveiled at Real Madrid
Aurelien Tchouameni reveals Kylian Mbappe tried to bring him to PSG as he is revealed at Real Madrid in an £85m transfer from Monaco after turning down the French giants and interest from Man United and Liverpool
- Aurelien Tchouameni is smiling bite during his medical Real Madrid
- The French midfielder completed an £85million transfer from Monaco on Saturday
- Tchouameni, 22, to be officially revealed as a Real player later on Tuesday
Aurelien Tchouameni has been officially unveiled at Real Madrid after completing his medical on Tuesday.
The French midfielder completed an £85 million transfer from Monaco’s Ligue 1 side on Saturday on a six-year bumper contract.
And the club has released pictures of Tchouameni signing his new contract, shaking hands with club president Florentino Perez and holding up his new shirt with the number 18.
He said: ‘I had the chance to choose other clubs, yes, but once I knew that Real Madrid wanted me, I never doubted’, referring to international team-mate Kylian Mbappe’s attempts to persuade him to move to Paris Saint -Germain to go.
PSG chief Luis Campos was also fond of Tchouameni and his name was mentioned in Mbappe’s contract talks, according to reports in Spain†
He said: “Kylian decided to stay at PSG and already knew that I would be leaving Monaco. Mbappe approached me and asked if I could come to Paris. But I told him I wanted to go to Real Madrid, my choice was always Madrid. He understood my decision, he is happy for me.
“I’m really happy to be here, to start a new chapter with the best club in the world…I want to make a mark in football and this club is the best to do it.” I belong to the best club in the world. I spoke to the president and we agreed to win new titles. We will work on that, to win more titles for Real Madrid.”
Aurelien Tchouameni (pictured left) has been officially revealed as a Real Madrid player
Tchouameni put pen to paper on a six-year bumper contract that will bind him until 2028
The 22-year-old called Los Blancos the ‘best club in the world’ in a welcome press conference
Perez added: “He is one of the best midfielders in the world and today he arrives at Real Madrid. At 22 you could choose your club and you chose this one.’
Tchouameni posed cheerfully and raised his thumb as he performed a medical examination at La Moraleja hospital in the Spanish capital.
The reigning Champions League and LaLiga title winners posted the photo on their official Twitter account to their 42.4 million followers.
Their caption read: ‘The picture you’ve been waiting for! Medical research at Sanitas University Hospital La Moraleja #WelcomeTchouameni.’
The 22-year-old declined interest from Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester United and French giant PSG to join Los Blancos.
And in a press conference to announce his arrival, Tchouameni continued: “I am very happy to be here to start my story with Real Madrid, the best team in the world. We will work hard to keep winning many titles for this club.
Frenchman Tchouameni smiles during his Real Madrid medical, completed before his unveiling
The French midfielder completed an £85 million transfer from Ligue 1 side Monaco on Saturday
The 22-year-old star is a fixture in France, winning 11 caps since his debut last year
“We were already negotiating with Madrid before the Champions League final. When I saw the games against PSG and (Manchester) City, I wrote to my agent and told him: ‘Do everything possible to get me there, please’.’
“Thanks to the president, my agent and my family. Hello Madrid! When I was young I watched the Real Madrid players. Casemiro has an incredible career.
‘Hopefully I can also win five European Cups. “I remember Zidane in 2006. I also paid a lot of attention to Benzema. They are my two French idols.’
‘I’ve played a lot with the 8, but it’s from Kroos now. I asked for available numbers and chose the one that most resembled it.
Tchouameni was a key member of Monaco, who finished third in Ligue 1 last year, making 45 appearances in the league and 11 in Europe.
He has also become a fixture on Didier Deschamps’ side in France, winning 11 caps since his debut last year.
Despite his age, Tchouameni is already a relatively experienced player with almost 150 appearances for Monaco and Bordeaux since he made his league debut as an 18-year-old.