The Monaco dressing room have mocked Aurelian Tchouameni after he was linked with a move to Manchester United last year.
The French midfielder has been linked with a move to Old Trafford, dating back to last summer as his stockpile continues to rise. Those rumors resurfaced this week after it was announced that Erik Ten Hag is set to become United’s new boss.
But Tchouameni, who has also attracted interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid, has remained calm amid all the noise surrounding his future to the point that he became the subject of a long-running joke with his Monaco team-mates after have done the front. page of the Spanish daily Marca.
When asked in November what he thought of the growing interest in him, Tchouameni insisted he didn’t think too much about it. He told French outlet L’Equipe: “I remember I was in Paris, after the Nations League. I woke up and my phone had exploded.
“My dad called me, we talked about everything and he told me that I was on the front page of Marca. I went to Twitter and saw for myself. I told him that this It was cool, but what does it really do?t Marca’s front page won’t define me and allow me to perform well in games.
“It’s not real life, but it’s the media world, the business of football. They talk about me today but tomorrow they will talk about someone else. ‘leaving us already?’ It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it.”
Man United’s interest in Tchouameni intensified, with Ten Hag verbally agreeing to become their head coach. ESPN claim the Dutchman is ‘eager’ to sign the playmaker and is a huge admirer of his versatility. The report says Monaco are open to negotiations and want between £50m and £60m for their prized asset.
But Tchouameni continues to shrug off the speculation and insists he is “very happy” to play for Monaco. The midfielder sees a bright future with what he considers a ‘big’ club.
He told Monaco’s official website: “When I start something I try to be the best I can be. I aspire to be one of the best players in Europe in my position. So I work every days to achieve this goal. This involves working from home or at the club, outside of team training.
“We are lucky here at AS Monaco to have very good infrastructure with the performance center which allows us all to optimize our training. For example, I come out of core training with the club’s physical trainer .
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“These are things that I try to do regularly, especially for injury prevention. Today, I spend matches without physical problems, so that means that I work well alongside, with the physios, and the staff. , in particular, to avoid muscle problems. At home, I also have a gym, and I sometimes do a few extra sessions, like last night, always under the direction of the team staff.
“Monaco is a very big French club with a great history! Very great players have played here. When I was in Bordeaux and I heard about the club’s interest in me, I did not hesitate a second to come here. I knew it could help me to progress, with top facilities, and be a top project for young players. So today, I am very happy to be part of this great club. “