Real Madrid have strengthened their squad for next season with a talented young French international. It’s not Kylian Mbappe, as many had hoped, but the Paris Saint-Germain star has applauded his compatriot’s move.
While Los Blancos were desperate to land Mbappe himself this summer, it is the forward’s turn to accept defeat after Aurelian Tchouameni opted for Madrid instead of joining him in Paris.
Tchouameni, 22, had his heart set on moving to Real Madrid and that made a key difference as other clubs, including PSG and Liverpool, tried to woo him.
The midfielder got his way, to the delight of Madridistas worldwide, and international teammate Mbappe took the news well, even applauding his fellow Frenchman.
Tchouameni, who impressed at his first Madrid press conference by speaking in Spanish, posted, also in Spanish, and English, his delight at officially joining Los Merengues on Instagram.
Various footballers were among those who commented, and Mbappe showed his support by leaving two applauding emoticons.
“I can’t wait to join the team and take part in the history we’ll make,” wrote Tchouameni.
The midfielder will officially become a Real Madrid player on July 1, signing a six-year deal after Los Blancos agreed a fee with Monaco which could rise to 100 million euros.