Aurélien Tchouaméni now plays in the big leagues.
Revealed in the jersey of AS Monaco, the 22-year-old midfielder has aroused the greed of several European teams this summer.
Liverpool, PSG and Real Madrid had jostled at the gate to try to attract him.
But the former Bordelais did not hesitate for very long.
He entrusted it this Sunday morning in the Téléfoot program on TF1.
"As soon as I heard that Real was in the running, I didn't think about it," he admits.
For the native of Rouen, it was Real Madrid or nothing else.
“I told my agent to do everything to try to find an agreement between AS Monaco and the club”.
And to continue by evoking the PSG track: “I did not hesitate with PSG.
Afterwards, PSG is a very big European club but my choice was already turned to Madrid”.
The player has therefore signed up for a six-year term with the reigning European champion, for 80 million euros plus 20 million bonuses.
Already decisive at Real
For now, the choice is paying off since Tchouaméni has already established himself as an indisputable holder in the Madrid midfield.
Its performances are unanimously hailed both internally and by the press.
Taking advantage of Casemiro's departure to Manchester United, he already has two superb assists in five La Liga games played.
The former Monegasque has also become indispensable in the France team where Didier Deschamps installed him as a hub, in the absence of Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté.
“When I see him evolve, it looks like he already has 40 or 50 selections”, greets the former Lille Rio Mavuba on the Téléfoot set.
For the time being, Aurélien Tchouaméni has only 14 but could increase the counter during the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18) where he is clearly seeking a starting place In Real Madrid, it's already done.