Aurelien Tchouameni was acquired by Real Madrid last summer in a transaction costing €100 million, including add-ons, amid fierce competition from PSG and Liverpool
And Tchouameni made an outstanding debut at the Santiago Bernabeu, stepping into the enormous shoes Casemiro left unfilled. With consistent performances one after the other, the 23-year-old Frenchman rapidly established himself as a player that boss Carlo Ancelotti could rely on.
However, during the World Cup break, Tchouameni’s situation has gotten worse. After the midseason break, the defensive midfielder experienced some fitness concerns and lost his place in the starting XI.
As a holding midfielder, Ancelotti has chosen players like Toni Kroos and Eduardo Camavinga over Tchouameni. However, AS claims that Real Madrid are unconcerned by Tchouameni’s recent decline in performance. The 23-year-old midfielder is seen by the team to still need time to properly adjust to his new environment, group, tactics, and philosophy.
It is not unusual for a player to have a challenging first season at Real Madrid. Both Eder Militao and Luka Modric had difficult first seasons before settling in as team stalwarts. Camavinga underwent a difficult initiation and only started appearing regularly in 2023. Real Madrid spent money for Tchouameni because of his defensive skills, but they also appreciate the midfielder’s talent and power, which they think will help them in their offensive play.
According to recent rumours, Liverpool was planning to renew their interest in Tchouameni after missing out on him last summer. However, Real Madrid is unconcerned about the 23-year-old French international’s decline in form and has no plans to consider any bids for him.