After Real Madrid knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League semifinals, manager Carlo Ancelotti got to work. He pulled the strings and helped Los Blancos seal the signing of one of the best center backs in the world, replenishing the defensive depth for the future by urging Florentino Perez to circle back to Antonio Rudiger as a free agent transfer target.
Not only do Madridistas have Don Carlo to thank for LaLiga, the Champions League, the Supercopa, and Rudiger, but they can also partially credit him along with Florentino Perez for the upcoming signing of an even bigger transfer target, Monaco’s Aurelien Tchouameni.
The defensive midfielder is already a top-class player and will be important to the future in replacing Casemiro as a 6. There is nobody else better that Real could have signed, possibly even in the next several summer transfer windows.
Madridistas had concerns that Tchouameni would be turned off by the possibility of not starting every game, but this is where Carletto comes into play.
Carlo Ancelotti called Aurelien Tchouameni
According to a report from MARCA’s Jose Felix Diaz, Carlo Ancelotti actually called up the Frenchman to reassure him that he would have an important role to play with Real Madrid immediately upon signing him.
That goes a long way in convincing a top player who has other options. PSG and Liverpool were recruiting Tchouameni hard, yet the 22-year-old made it clear that he only wanted the Merengue club. He is fully expected to sign shortly, and the hard work of Perez and Ancelotti can be credited with getting this blockbuster deal over the line.
Tchouameni is a player who can be the very best at his position for the next decade at Real Madrid – and in a position where it is not exactly easy to find players who can meet all the demands of defending, reading the game, keeping possession, dribbling out of tight spaces, carrying the ball, and even providing a long-range threat.
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But Tchouameni can do all of those things at a high level. Money well-spent.