Aurelien Tchouameni experienced a “beautiful” moment in his career with his first France goal, but he is now keen to move on to his next objective.
After establishing himself at Monaco in the 2020-21 season, Tchouameni has been producing consistently excellent displays in the heart of their midfield.
Since the start of 2021, he ranks third across all players in the top five European leagues in terms of possession won (387) and tackles won (83), while he is joint-second in terms of duels won (408).
Tchouameni was unsurprisingly drafted into the France set-up by Didier Deschamps last year.
At the same time, Liverpool, Chelsea and Real Madrid want to buy the 22-year-old.
He scored a winner in a 2-1 success over Ivory Coast but wants to keep his feet on the ground.
Tchouameni told M6:
“It’s the fruit of my labour. I hope to remain calm. It’s beautiful what’s happening to me, but I have goals.
“Scoring my first goal was one, so now we move onto something else.
“The team help me show my personality on the pitch, which makes me feel great on the pitch.
“In the first half, we attacked a lot, and Ivory Coast had the opportunity to break through on the counter.
“We tightened the screws in the second half, and I don’t think we even conceded a single chance.
“At the end, we won, and that’s good.”
Tchouameni’s winner came after Olivier Giroud cancelled Nicolas Pepe’s opener in his first France appearance since Euro 2020.
The goal will have boosted Giroud’s chances of retaining his place in Didier Deschamps’ squad ahead of the World Cup in Qatar later this year.
“He did what he does with his club. He always has this quality of scoring, especially in the air. But, of course, it made him happy,” said Deschamps.
“He returned to the group, which he knows well, and it was all the better for us.
“When we have friendlies, we must take advantage of them. But, unfortunately, there will be a second on Tuesday [against South Africa], so I will make changes to distribute the playing time to the maximum number of players.”
France has won six straight games for the first time since 2016 and is undefeated in their past 19, scoring 43 goals during that run.
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