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Aurelien Tchouameni revealed that Paul Pogba has helped him integrate into the French national team and paid tribute to the Manchester United star for his guidance.
The Monaco midfielder made his debut for Les Bleus in November last year – and helped them win the Nations League – before winning the Friday victory over Ivory Coast.
Tchouameni will be hoping for another opportunity to consolidate his place in Didier Deschamps’ squad when world champions face South Africa on Tuesday.
And the 22-year-old is grateful to Pogba for helping him adjust to his early international career.
“Paul gave me a lot of advice,” Tchouameni said. “He guided me and I thank him because he is one of those people, thanks to whom I feel good in this group.
“In the field, our complementarity happened naturally. He’s the player I’ve been most associated with, I think. We manage to delegate tasks and talk to each other to sometimes tighten the lines. ”
Although Tchouameni admitted he was unsure whether he would have to switch to a European heavyweight to gain further selection, citing club mate Wissam Ben Yedder as an example.
“I do not know,” he added. “Maybe it’s a discussion I need to have with the coach. From what I can see, you do not necessarily have to play for [Manchester] City or Real [Madrid] to be regularly in selection.
“We see it with Wissam Ben Yedder, who is in Monaco with me. It is not an obstacle to play for ASM; I’m fine there. At least that’s not a question I asked myself. ”