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In January 2020, Aurélien Tchouaméni, 25 Ligue 1 matches on the clock, went to Monaco in opposition to 20 million euros. Rather less than three years later, the highly effective midfielder is enjoying for Actual Madrid and is getting ready to tackle the function of midfield boss for the Blues in Qatar. Those that knew him in Bordeaux give their emotions about this gorgeous rise.

“If, in 2019, I had been informed that Tchouaméni could be one of many captains of the French workforce three years later within the World Cup, I’d not have believed him for a minute. » Thibault, who has supported the Girondins for 30 years, expresses a sense shared by a part of Bordeaux followers. As a substitute of simply making enjoyable of them – the temptation is nice –, it’s applicable to rewind the movie of the profession of the participant who grew up in Artigues-près-Bordeaux, a comfortable suburb of the Aquitaine capital, for a couple of months. In January 2020, the Girondins, already in monetary issue, bought Aurélien Tchouaméni to AS Monaco for 20 million euros plus 10% on the capital acquire that ASM will understand within the occasion of resale. A jackpot, then suppose many supporters like Thibault. “It made me consider the gross sales of Adam Ounas or Gabriel Obertan, hopes bought above their worthresituates the simply forty-something. For me, Tchouaméni was yet one more younger man who we had been promised would have an important profession. However I discovered that his expertise was not apparent. I noticed little Ligue 1 participant, nothing extra. I labeled him within the class of Henri Saivet or Obertan. When he signed for Monaco, I assumed we would not remorse it. »

“He has every little thing, this man! »

On the time, the Bordelais solely had eyes for Jules Koundé, Tchouaméni’s pal who chained high-level performances whereas Aurélien noticed a much less dazzling, extra linear development. The native of Rouen, however settled within the Bordeaux area since his early childhood, performs in Ligue 1 with the membership he joined from the age of 11 for a season and a half, however he doesn’t but shine like his defender pal. Throughout his first season, launched into the deep finish by Gustavo Poyet then fed by the Bedouet-Ricardo duo, he solely began eight occasions within the league, however performed 9 Europa League matches. It’s below the orders of Paulo Sousa that he’ll change into an vital factor of the Girondins. Earlier than shifting to the Rock, he might be established 13 occasions in half a season by the Portuguese.

“Clearly I would not have bought him and I’d have constructed a workforce round that man. It was positive that he had a unbelievable future. » Eric Bedouet

“What struck me was his intelligenceremembers Eric Bedouet. He’s very clever. Gustavo Poyet had began to make him play, I arrived later, and it seems that for six months, we performed each three days, with the European Cup. On the time, there have been nice tensions between the supporters and the president of the membership, Frédéric Longuépée. It bothered us, it was not trivial. I referred to as Aurélien, similar to Koundé and Youssouf, and I informed them: “I’ll make you play. I used to be a coach, you are going to expertise extraordinary issues with the European Cup, that is how you are going to end your coaching and attain the skilled stage. So reap the benefits of it. .” I actually insisted on that. After all, I knew he was going to make errors and he did. He is aware of what it’s, and it value us dearly. However it’s a must to undergo it for a participant to flourish. If he doesn’t have this base, this Bordeaux coaching and his skilled debut, which began every little thing, he doesn’t know the profession that follows. » One factor is for certain, it’s that Bedouet was not at the entire identical opinion as the perimeter of supporters who noticed within the departure of Tchouaméni solely alternative to bail out the coffers of the membership. “If there was one participant I wished to maintain, it was him. Clearly I would not have bought him and I’d have constructed a workforce round that man. It was positive that he had a unbelievable future. He may have allowed the membership to goal for fascinating issues and entice individuals round him. We must always have stored him, taken benefit of him and allow us to profit from his expertise. He has every little thing, this man! He’s very clever, respectful, very robust bodily, aggressive within the good sense of the time period, technical, he sees the sport, scores targets, he’s good together with his head… And he’s nicely introduced up! » A viewpoint shared by the leaders of AS Monaco.

In Monaco, timid beginnings earlier than the transformation

Aurélien Tchouaméni is subsequently flanked by a participant label with excessive potential when he arrives within the Principality, a couple of days earlier than the top of the 2020 winter switch window. Shortly earlier than, Leonardo Jardim was changed by Robert Moreno, who is anticipated speedy outcomes and who can not afford to grope too lengthy. Consequently, the athletic midfielder of 1.88 has each curiosity in shining from the beginning. Sadly for him, his Monegasque debut was not frankly princely. In Nîmes, he appeared about twenty minutes from the top, whereas ASM had been diminished to 9 for the half hour and was heading for a lower than stellar setback (3-1). “He is available in in the course of the recreation, he does not know what to anticipate and instantly makes a small mistake that weighs him down” acknowledges his agent Jonathan Kébé, who insists: “In Monaco, while you arrive for round 20 million euros in January, it isn’t a trivial sum. There are jerseys which can be a bit of heavier to put on than others, you will have one other stress. » Confined to a substitute function, “Tchouamso” goes by the primary droop of his younger profession. And even when the Covid interrupts the championship in mid-March, even when Moreno, who deliberate to affiliate him with Youssouf Fofana in his future 4-4-2, is ejected from the bench to make means for Niko Kovač, this son of a pharmacist and a senior schooling adviser is just not mistaken in skilled orientation. Quite the opposite. “For a very long time, he was content material to take and provides, with this nonchalant facet, with out actually projecting himself. He performed easy, simple. If he continued, he was going to be a standard participant. So he erased it” says Ferdinand Tchouaméni, his father. “After confinement, when it resumed, he was totally different” confirms Jonathan Kébé.

“He is nonetheless slender, however he is a bit beefier than earlier than. He may get pushed round a bit prior to now, now he is the one who pushes others round. » Jules Kounde

A change witnessed by his former teammates from the Bordeaux years. “I feel he actually turned a nook in using the ball, notes Jules Koundé. He has all the time been very intense, with a excessive quantity of play, it’s the foundation of his recreation, he recovers an incalculable variety of balls and does quite a lot of races. I feel he has additionally improved in his power expenditure, he runs smarter. He locations himself significantly better to obtain the ball and it’s also higher in what he does with the ball. He progressed on that, on being extra vertical, making passes, not dangerous, however a bit of extra fascinating to assist his workforce transfer ahead. » The Barça defender additionally notices that his sidekick has “thickened. He is nonetheless slender, however he is a bit beefier than earlier than. He may get pushed round a bit prior to now, now he is the one who pushes others round. “He struggled a bit at first, however as he’s a tough employee, he confirmed he may playremarks Gaëtan Poussin. I knew he was able to doing what he does in Monaco, however so shortly and with much more technical ease, I did not suppose so. » The primary full season of Tchouaméni on the Rock already marks an actual rise in energy. The second, much more dazzling, is the one who data his arrival within the France workforce and convinces Actual Madrid to drop greater than 100 million euros to safe his companies. Making the most of Casemiro’s surprising departure to Manchester United, the neo-Meringue did not take lengthy to change into embedded within the midfield, alongside the stainless Toni Kroos and Luka Modrić. “In his profession, every little thing is harmonious. His adaptability is phenomenal.” breathes Éric Bedouet, dithyrambic.

A future boss of the Blues?

It now stays to be seen whether or not this massive NBA fan has what it takes to change into a Blues captain, in Qatar … and past. Chosen for the primary time in September 2021, the ex-Girondin is, in the interim, the participant most utilized by Didier Deschamps in 2022 (seven video games out of eight, for 553 minutes in whole). The recurring defections of N’Golo Kanté and, above all, of Paul Pogba are clearly not for nothing. However the tricolor quantity 8 was in a position to seize his probability brilliantly, chaining very high-flying performances, regardless of a slight drop in pace in June. Now it is as much as him to show that he may be the pillar of a midfield decimated by accidents. Which does not appear to scare him in any respect. “The stress, I do know it since I used to be very younger, and much more at Actual. Frankly, this place within the France workforce, I method it with enthusiasm and need, however no stress. , he sweeps in a press convention. For Éric Bedouet, historical past appears written prematurely: “His journey thus far has been linear. Aurélien left Bordeaux on the proper time, then he performed in European membership, right here he’s at Actual… He has the means to settle within the France workforce, and for a very long time. I feel he might be a driving power within the years to come back, as a result of he makes the gamers who’re round him shine. » This Tuesday night in opposition to Australia, as all through the length of the event, he might be accountable with Adrien Rabiot to carry the midfielder of the Blues. To the delight of Thibault and all Bordeaux supporters.

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By Raphaël Brosse and Mathias Edwards
Feedback by Éric Bedouet and Thibault collected by RB and ME, these by Jonathan Kébé, Ferdinand Tchouaméni, Jules Koundé and Gaëtan Poussin from France Soccer.

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