Aurelien Tchouameni said he is inspired by Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante as the Monaco sensation continues to be linked with Chelsea and Manchester United.
Tchouameni is reportedly wanted by Premier League giants Chelsea and United following his exploits in Ligue 1.
Before the weekend’s fixtures, the 21-year-old midfielder ranked first in possessions won (209) and tackles won (52) in the top five European leagues in 2021, while he was tied for fifth in duels won (221).
Tchouameni’s performances under Niko Kovac earned a France call-up for the first time as Les Bleus face Bosnia-Herzegovina in a World Cup qualifier on Wednesday before continuing their road to Qatar 2022 against Ukraine on Saturday and Finland on September 7.
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Amid speculation over his future heading into the international break, Tchouameni was asked about his inspirations, and he told reporters: “I followed a lot what [United midfielder] Paul [Pogba] was doing. Since he started his career.
“Now I have the chance to be with him and [Chelsea midfielder] N’Golo [Kante]. They are players who are very successful at their clubs, so I try to see what they do and take inspiration from their strong characteristics.
“There are also some players I didn’t get to see play at the time, like Patrick Vieira. Foreign players too, like [Manchester City and Belgium midfielder] Kevin De Bruyne. I try to look at everything that is good in the midfield and their characteristics to inspire me.”
Meanwhile, France head coach Didier Deschamps will be without Dayot Upamecano for the three World Cup qualifiers after the Bayern Munich centre-back suffered a right thigh injury.
Upamecano has been replaced in the squad by Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet.
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