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Tchouaméni: “I want to make my mark in the game and sp Real Madrid is the best place for me to be"

NEWS STORY. 14/06/2022

"Playing here is a challenge for me and I'm going to work really hard to win more trophies," commented the midfielder.

After being unveiled as a Real Madrid player, Aurélien Tchouaméni addressed the media in his first press conference at the club. The French midfielder declared: “ I'm so happy to be here. It's a dream come true to sign for Real Madrid. This is the best club in the world. We're going to work really hard to win trophies and add to this club’s history. I had the chance to choose other clubs, but as soon as I knew that Real Madrid were interested in me, I didn't have to think twice about it. I want to make my mark in the history of the game and Real Madrid is the best place for me to be. This is the best club in the history of the game and the best players are here. This was the best decision for me.”

“I've been lucky enough to be able able to speak with Benzema and Camavinga. We can see in his case how he has improved here at the best club in the world. Camavinga is really happy that I'm here. As for Benzema, he's the best striker in the world. When the negotiations were at an advanced stage, he wrote to me and told me how everything works at Real Madrid. I'm lucky to have them here with me.”

Real Madrid’s interest
“I'd already spoken to other clubs, but in the back of my mind, I was waiting on their call. I didn't have to think about it for even a second. I can now say that I'm a Real Madrid player and that's a marvellous feeling. As soon as Real Madrid’s interest came up in the conversations, I immediately told my agent that he should try and reach an agreement. Today I really am accomplishing a dream and I'm so happy to have chosen Real Madrid.”

Competition within the squad
“Real Madrid was always my first choice. With regard to the competition, I’m joining the best club in the world and have to show my quality in training and I'm really looking forward to doing so. I try to deliver my best out on the pitch. It's a challenge, but I can't just focus on the World Cup in November, but on the daily training sessions and matches with Real Madrid. Playing for Real Madrid is a challenge for me.”

The new Casemiro?
“He's had an exceptional career. When I was young, I watched Real Madrid matches and have taken lot of inspiration from players who played in the number six role and the defensive midfielders. I'll be trying to write my own story and if I manage to win five European Cups, it’ll mean I haven't done a bad job of it at all.”

“I spoke to him a few weeks ago to ask him for his thoughts and he was very pleasant. He told me that if I wanted to continue to improve and become one of the greatest midfielders in the world that I should join Real Madrid, because they've got everything here to help me achieve that. After I signed, he told me that he was really happy that I'd joined.”

​Other offers
“Mbappé, my teammate for the national team, was already aware that I’d be leaving Monaco at the end of the season and he was interested to know if I was perhaps going to move to PSG. However, my first choice was always Real Madrid and he fully understood that. He's really pleased for me.”


Contribution in the middle third
“I will bring intelligence and will help the team to improve. My game is about passing, interceptions, etc. Thanks to my fitness levels, I'm able to recover a lot of balls. I think that all of those areas of my game will benefit the team.”

Your position
“From a young age, I've always played in teams with two central midfielders. At Madrid, where they play a 4-3-3 formation, I may well operate in the number six roll, but I'm also capable of playing as the number 8, just as I do with the national team. I'm capable of also playing in a deeper role and  higher up the pitch as well.”

Choice of shirt number
“I've often worn the number 8 shirt, when I was in the academy, at other clubs and the national team. Toni Kroos  already has the number 8 shirt, so when I joined the club, I asked which numbers were available and chose number 18, which is the nearest to it.”
Zidane is a Real Madrid icon and it’s the same for us French. I remember the 2006 World Cup, in which we lost the final, but Zidane put in some amazing performances. I've also paid close attention to Karim Benzema’s career and he continues to do incredible things. As a Frenchman, Karim.and Zidane are my heroes.”
Daily work
“I try to take inspiration from the US culture. In particular, I watch videos of Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan because they’re sporting legends and they always gave their all as they perfect their game. There can be no letting up for us and you can't go thinking that with minimal effort you will  achieve success. That's why I always try to give my all, which is what I'll be doing here as well.”
Fourteen European Cups
“ I was really pleased to see them all, I've really been able to see that this is the best club in the world. They've won so many trophies. I’ve spoken with the president and we've established that we have to seek out new challenges and win more trophies, but the trophy room here is outstanding and marvellous.” 
Transfer fee
“It's not up to me to talk about my transfer fee. I just try and do my best out on the pitch and the negotiations between the clubs are something that remains between them. The current market isn't perhaps what it was, but, in all honesty, that's of no interest to me at all.”

Butragueño: “Great success lies ahead for you with this crest”
Real Madrid's director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueño, took his place alongside Tchouaméni  at the press conference: “It's an honour to be welcoming you as a Real Madrid player. All of us madridistas thank you for having decided to join our club. We’re certain great success lies ahead for you with this crest and this shirt. We wish you all the very best.”