Chelsea transfer target Aurelien Tchouameni has admitted that he was left flattered by rumours of a move away from Monaco.
The midfielder has long been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge. football.london understands that the Blues did indeed hold an interest in his services before they secured the signature of Saul Niguez on-loan from Atletico Madrid.
Of course, Chelsea did not elect to pursue Tchouameni but that has not dampened the rumours of a move to Stamford Bridge with the latest reports from Spain suggesting that Monaco could demand as much as €50million (£42m) to sell him in January.
Now, the 21-year-old has had his own say on rumours linking him with a move away from his current employers.
Whilst admitting that he was flattered by any potential interest, Tchouameni has insisted that he does not allow any speculation to alter his focus.
Talking to French publication L’Equipe, he said: “I remember I was in Paris, after the Nations League. I woke up and my phone had blown up.
“My father called me, we talked about everything and he told me that I was on the front page of Marca. I went on Twitter and saw for myself.
“I told him it was cool, but what does it actually matter? It doesn’t. The front page of Marca will not define me or allow me to perform well in matches. It’s not real life, but it is the media world, the football business. They talk about me today but tomorrow, they’ll be talking about another.
“In the dressing room, they put the cover up and laughed’ ‘Oh, you’re leaving us already?’
“It’s flattering, but I don’t wake up in the morning thinking about it.”
Tchoumeni’s future with Monaco does of course remain up in the air, while Chelsea also eye another midfield star in Declan Rice. Tchoumeni has two-and-a-half years left to run on his current contract at the Stade Louis II.
Source by Football London