Real Madrid have invested at least 80 million euros in Aurelien Tchouameni, and while detractors have tried to criticize the move as an example of overpay, the Tchouameni signing is a very wise investment in a player with a rare skill-set.
If Madridistas were not convinced already by Tchouameni’s great performance in the second half for France against Luka Modric’s Croatia in the UEFA Nations League, then they had to have been sold by the way the 22-year-old conducted himself at his presentation on Tuesday.
Here are the six best quotes Tchouameni delivered to Madridistas during a heartfelt presentation that fans won’t forget any time soon.
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‘This is the challenge’
Before Aurelien Tchouameni made his transfer decision, a big talking point was centered around if he would be willing to take a role at Real Madrid where he would not be guaranteed starts.
Obviously his decision to sign with Real answered that, but this did so more explicitly. Like Eduardo Camavinga, who played a role in convincing Tchouameni to sign, Tchouameni understands the assignment. He relishes the challenge of proving he can get minutes at Madrid. This is where he wants to be.
This quote really shows you the mentality Tchouameni has, and it is why he will ultimately be a success at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Tchouameni addresses Mbappe
Another former Monaco phenom, Kylian Mbappe chose to take a path to PSG and decided to stay there this summer, using Real Madrid until the very last minute in order to sign an unprecedented financial deal with the Qatar-owned club, including certain decision-making responsibilities.
As part of that, Mbappe has tried recruiting Zinedine Zidane as PSG’s manager. He was successful in bringing in his old Monaco sporting director Luis Campos, and, together, they tried to convince Tchouameni to join the Ligue 1 champions.
He rejected them. And this quote confirms the approach from Mbappe and the swift, no-nonsense rejection from Tchouameni.
PSG tried very hard to sway Tchouameni and gave Monaco massive offers, but the midfielder himself was not interested. That means everything to Madridistas, especially in the aftermath of what Mbappe did.
That is exactly what the Real Madrid spirit embodies. Aurelien Tchouameni already has Madridismo, even before stepping foot on the pitch for the Merengues.
The players said they were after the 15th immediately after winning No. 14, as did the president. Tchouameni is in the right place.
Real Madrid is the dream
The quote says it all, there is not much to add. Tchouameni made this point several times, emphasizing the fact that he only had eyes on Real Madrid.
But we already knew that. He made it clear that this is his dream club. Tchouameni was always just waiting for Los Blancos to make their move.
Mbappe rejecting Real may have been a blessing in disguise.
How Real Madrid won Aurelien Tchouameni over
There is the difference between Kylian Mbappe and Aurelien Tchouameni. Whereas Mbappe had a front row seat to the first Remontada and was not swayed by Real’s excellence and commitment to winning, Tchouameni could feel the vibes from his couch. He knew Real was where he wanted to be. Where needed to be.
Talk about falling in love with a club.
Only Real Madrid
And thank goodness the call came.
Real Madrid were pushed hard by PSG and had to pay a major fee to Monaco, which will likely hit 90 million euros – and hopefully the “hard-to-achieve” bonuses kick in to make it 100.
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Because at the end of the day, Tchouameni’s quotes show you he is the perfect fit for Real. Madridistas are elated that Florentino Perez made the deal happen and that Tchouameni waited, holding off on PSG’s money to fulfill his dream.