Aurelien Tchouameni: Kylian Mbappe tried to sign me for PSG
Aurelien Tchouameni was asked by Kylian Mbappe if he would join Paris Saint-Germain, but the midfielder's first choice was Real Madrid.
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, Tchouameni said. The 22-year-old midfielder officially joined Real Madrid on Tuesday after moving from Monaco for €100 million.
's team won the race for the highly sought-after player.
Mbappe had already turned down Madrid this window to sign a new deal with PSG. He tried to annoy Los Blancos again by trying to get his countryman to move to Paris.
"Kylian knew I was leaving Monaco, and he asked if I would join
," Tchouameni said at a news conference. "But Real Madrid was my first choice, and he knew that very well.
"I could have chosen, but as soon as I heard that Madrid was interested, I didn't think twice. I want to leave a mark on football history, and Real Madrid is the best team for that."
Tchouameni had other options and confirmed that he had received offers from other places. However, he told his team to try to get him to move to Madrid.
"I had already talked to other teams, but I was waiting for Madrid to call," he said. "When they did, I didn't wait for a second to talk to my family and agent about how to get the best deal. Being here is terrific.
"As I've already said, as soon as Real Madrid came up in the talks, I told my agent to make that deal happen because it was what I wanted most. There were other choices, but today, this dream comes true." Tchouameni will wear the number 18 shirt at Madrid, which Gareth Bale used to wear. This is because Toni Kroos is wearing his preferred number 8 shirt.
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