Less than a month after failing to transfer Kylian Mbappé, Real Madrid have made up for it by securing the services of Aurélien Tchouaméni. A less flamboyant move in the media, but just as effective on the ground.
Announced for a time, then somewhat forgotten, the transfer of Aurélien Tchouaméni to Real Madrid is now officially recorded. Landed for 5 years and a check estimated at 80 million euros, the international tricolor is about to cross a major milestone. It is also a serious reinforcement for the White House, which has been able to target one of its sectors to be renewed as a priority and which will have managed to do so with a young, talented and regular player.
The time of transition
The signing of Aurélien Tchouaméni actually sounded obvious, from the first rumors. On the strength of a total emergence this season alongside AS Monaco (50 games played in all competitions) and his first capes in Blue, the Rouennais had the profile of a “complete and versatile” midfielder, so much sought after by the big stables. A rare commodity that the people of Madrid have managed to exploit, first with Federico Valverde, deployed both in the axis and on the sides, before doing it again last summer, by securing the services of Eduardo Camavinga, moulted as a luxury joker at the dawn of spring.
Happy elected among a quality audience (Paul Pogba and Nicolò Barella having long been mentioned), Tchouaméni was therefore chosen to complete this trio in the making. Three men, responsible for making people forget a decade of success, carried by Luka Modrić, Toni Kroos and Casemiro. The symbols of Real Madrid Zidane version, to which we can also add Isco, gone to conquer three Champions Leagues, but today in the process of giving up. Thirties (Modrić, 36, Kroos, 32, Casemiro, 30), although far from finished, the latter needed to see their continuity ensured by viable players. It is, at first glance, done with the arrival of “Tchoumso”, responsible for taking over from the Brazilian.
Because for Tchouaméni, like Kylian Mbappé, confidence is essential. Pumped up by a visibly charged mind, the recuperative midfielder continues to progress. Proof of this is his indisputable status snatched from Monaco, despite a waltz of coaches: Robert Moreno, Niko Kovač and Philippe Clément. And in figures, the balance sheet is all the more clear. Since last season, his first full campaign on the Rock, the French international has played 92 out of 99 possible matches. Only seven games missed, in two years, including four for suspension (he was only absent twice for injury), but above all 88 starts (in Ligue 1: 36 in 2020-2021, 33 this season). In the field, and on a global scale, the person concerned notably boasted of the highest total of balls intercepted in 2021 (139) and the greatest number of successful tackles (185). Raw and off-putting statistics, nevertheless revealing the level of reliability inherent in a kid barely entering his twenties. Luggage eminently necessary when discovering the degree of requirement in force in Madrid.
And if its “Asemist” performances are not enough, the France team may be called upon as a quality indicator. Crowned with ten selections since the 1er last september (draw against Bosnia 1-1, Editor’s note), Aurélien Tchouaméni did not actually take long before settling in the system of Didier Deschamps, starting four times and signaling himself, among other things, with a capital benefit against Spain in the final of the League of Nations. As a taste for the hincha local. By engaging with the Meringues, six months before a possible first World Cup, the former Bordelais did not hesitate to take the risk of continuing his progression among the greatest, certainly aware of his qualities and the turn to be taken at the dawn of his 23 years. Let the beautiful story begin.
By Adel Bentaha