Aurelien Tchouameni, a new Real Madrid midfielder, claims Kylian Mbappe tried to persuade him to leave the Spanish club and join Paris Saint-Germain instead.

After completing his physical, Tchouameni was officially introduced by Madrid on Tuesday.

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The LaLiga giants will pay about £85 million for his departure.

“I had the chance to choose other clubs, yes – but as soon as I knew Real Madrid wanted me, I never doubted,” Tchouameni said.

He added: “Kylian decided to stay at PSG and already knew I was going to leave Monaco. Mbappe spoke to me and asked me if I could come to Paris.

“But I told him I wanted to join Real Madrid, my choice was always Madrid. He understood my decision, he’s happy for me.”

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