In-demand Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni plays down big transfers this summer
‘You don’t have to play for Real Madrid or Manchester City to play for France’: In-demand Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni plays down the prospect of a big move away from Ligue 1 this summer
- Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni has played down transfer speculation
- The 22-year-old is a transfer target for Real Madrid, Manchester City and PSG
- Tchouameni scored his first international goal in France’s win over Ivory Coast
Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni has played down interest from Real Madrid and Manchester City by insisting he can play for France no matter where he plays at his football club.
The rising star is one of the most in-demand youngsters in Europe right now with clubs like Real, City and Manchester United reportedly interested.
The France international has been in impressive form for Monaco in the 2021-22 campaign, scoring three times and registering two assists in 42 appearances in all competitions.
Monaco midfielder Aurélien Tchouameni has played down interest from Real Madrid and Man City
The 22-year-old is one of Europe’s most in-demand youngsters ahead of the summer
The 22-year-old made his senior debut for the France team in September last year and picked up a Nations League winners’ medal the following month.
The Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year scored his first international goal to help secure a late 2-1 victory for France in their final friendly against Ivory Coast on Friday.
“You don’t have to play at Real or Manchester City to play for the France team,” the midfielder told a news conference via Goal.
Tchouameni was named Ligue 1 Young Player of the Year in the 2020/21 campaign
Liverpool, Juventus, Chelsea and even PSG have already been linked with the midfielder, according to Tutomercatoweb.
The France international’s contract expires in 2024, but Monaco are reportedly ready to let the star go at the end of the season, if there is a €50m (£43m) offer.
Ahead of France’s friendly against South Africa, Tchouameni was heavily pressed on the possibility of a move to PSG, where he replied: “It’s a top club with very great players.
“They have big goals but unfortunately they haven’t won the Champions League yet – but they already have a lot of trophies.”
Chelsea star N’Golo Kante was a notable absentee in the win over Ivory Coast amid reports he had to leave the team for personal reasons.
Tchouameni relieved to have N’Golo Kante (pictured) back for a friendly against South Africa
He will, however, once again be available for selection against South Africa, much to Tchouameni’s relief.
‘It’s a pleasure to find N’Golo again. He congratulated me for my goal, we discussed it and we are very happy to have it.
Tchouameni is slowly becoming a regular under France boss Didier Deschamps – despite an array of talents in midfield including Kante and Paul Pogba.