Tchouameni: Kylian Mbappe told me to snub Real Madrid


New Real Madrid signing Aurelien Tchouameni has revealed Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe tried to persuade him from joining Real Madrid.

Mbappe instead wanted Tchouameni to join him at French club Paris Saint-Germain.

Mbappe himself turned down interest from Real Madrid earlier in the summer to renew his contract with PSG, but he could not persuade his France teammate to do the same.

Real Madrid beat Paris Saint-Germain and English club Liverpool to the transfer of Tchouameni from Monaco.

“Kylian decided to stay at PSG and he knew I was leaving Monaco,” Tchouameni said at his presentation as a Madrid player on Tuesday.

“He wanted to know if I would join him at PSG. But my first choice was Real Madrid and he understood that completely.”

Tchouameni, 22, has signed a six-year contract at the Santiago Bernabeu and said that despite interest from PSG and Liverpool, he was sold on Madrid from the start.

“I had the chance to choose other teams but once I knew Real Madrid were interested, I did not have a single doubt,” he added.

“I spoke with other clubs but in my head I was always waiting for Madrid. I spoke with my agent, my family and [Monaco] to find the best agreement for everyone.

“Madrid are the biggest club in the world, they have a team with incredible players and I think it’s the best decision for me.”

Tchouameni also revealed negotiations with Real Madrid started when Real Madrid were at the knockout stage of the Champions League.

“There were already negotiations with Madrid at that stage,” Tchouameni added.

“Then when I saw the games against PSG, Chelsea and City, I wrote to people saying: ‘Please, do what you can so that I can go to Real Madrid!'”

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hailed Tchouameni as one of the best midfielders in the world during his presentation to the media.

“He is one of the best midfielders in the world,” Madrid president Florentino Perez said.

“Today he arrives at Real Madrid. At 22 years old, he was able to choose his club and he chose this one.”