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Ex-Bordeaux academy coach: We didn't expect big things from Real Madrid midfielder Tchouameni

Spanish coach André Penalva has recalled working with Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni in France.

Penalva was Tchouameni's academy coach at Bordeaux.

He recalled to AS: "Honestly, if I'm frank with you, Aurélien was not considered a featured player at the time, but he had great potential.

"He was a very complete footballer who made me think that he could become a professional player at some point, over time.

"Of course, I never imagined that Aurélien would go that far and that he would play for Real Madrid, the biggest club in the world of football.

"His greatest qualities I would tell you that they were, first of all, his tactical sense, very marked. Secondly, I have to highlight his athletic potential. And I think what improved the most was the technical aspect. He has done it with a lot of work."



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