France star Aurelien Tchouameni insists he ‘did NOT hesitate for a second’ in joining Real Madrid this summer – as he confirms Liverpool were the first to make a move and he also rejected an approach from PSG
- The France midfielder joined the Spanish giants this summer from Monaco
- Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain had also expressed a keen interest in player
- Aurelien Tchouameni revealed that Liverpool were the first club to come forward
- Called Real Madrid the ‘biggest club in the world’ and did not hesitate in joining
- Follow Sportsmail’s daily World Cup live blog for all updates from Qatar
Aurelien Tchouameni has revealed that Liverpool were the first club to make an approach for him but that when Real Madrid declared an interest there was no doubt in his mind as to where he would go.
The France star joined the Spanish giants from Monaco this summer for a reported £70m with the midfielder having hit the ground running at Real Madrid.
Despite Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain also chasing him, Tchouameni confirmed in an interview with Le Parisien that his objective was Real Madrid, a view he clarified with his agent.
Aurelien Tchouameni has said that he ‘did not hesitate’ in joining Real Madrid despite interest from Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain
‘The first club that showed interest in me was Liverpool, we had a few discussions. Then Real Madrid arrived and in my head, it was very clear: Real Madrid or no one,’ Tchouameni said.
‘I told my agent that as long as there is interest from Real Madrid, we have to do everything to go there.’
Meanwhile, with Liverpool having attempted to revamp their midfield with the young Frenchman, PSG caught wind of such and attempted to make a move for the player.
However, doubling down on his Real Madrid wish, Tchouameni said that his decision had already been made by the time PSG made their move.
‘When PSG approached me, my choice to join Madrid was already made. I didn’t hesitate for a second.
The young Frenchman signed for the Spanish giants in a multi-million pound deal after enjoying a breakthrough season with Monaco
‘Real Madrid is the biggest club in the world. If you want to accomplish great things and mark history in football, there is no better place to be,’ he said.
Tchouameni admitted to being flattered by the interest from PSG.
Meanwhile, with N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba both missing for France after sustaining injuries, Tchouameni is set to play a key role as Didier Deschamps’ side bid to become the first country since Brazil in 1958 and 1962 to defend their World Cup crown.
France begin their defence on Tuesday evening against Australia, who they also happened to play four years ago in Russia.
Tchouameni is due to play a key role for France after the injuries to N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba
He told the French publication that when the ‘biggest club in the world’ were interested he had one clear preference
Rocked by injuries to forwards Christopher Nkunku and Karim Benzema on the eve of the tournament, Deschamps said that there was ‘no anxiety’ in the squad and that they were ready.
‘There’s no apprehension. We have done everything possible,’ said Deschamps.
‘There’s no anxiety, everyone is calm and there are cool heads.’
Didier Deschamps defended his decision not to call up a replacement for injured forward Karim Benzema
Deschamps decided not to call up a replacement for Benzema, choosing instead to press on with the players already at his disposal.
‘I’ve got 25 players in my squad. I’m convinced I have the efficient number of players to be able to deal with the challenges we face,’ said Deschamps about his decision.
‘Before [in previous tournaments] we had 22, 23. Now it is 26 and we are at 25. There are lots of possibilities, lots of players on the bench and, therefore, I believe we have everything we need.’
Karim Benzema will miss out on the Qatar World Cup after suffering a thigh injury in training
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