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Barcelona superstar hails Real Madrid icon: “Without him, you start to get impatient”



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Toni Kroos is not far away from officially hanging his boots from the beautiful game. Having already said his goodbyes to the Real Madrid faithful, he is currently playing his last international tournament for Germany at the Euros.

The beginning of the knockout stages, needless to say, leaves fans in a situation where every game Kroos plays could be his final appearance as a player.

The veteran, however, comfortably qualified for the quarterfinals last night with a 2-0 win over Denmark and extended his stay in the competition.

In the process, the departing legend created a staggering four chances and completed 55 passes including seven into the final third for his side.

Gundogan in awe of Toni Kroos

Ilkay Gundogan has nothing but praise for Toni Kroos. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Speaking to the media after Germany’s win over Denmark in their first knockout game of the tournament, FC Barcelona star and Germany captain Ilkay Gundogan spoke in detail about his connection with Kroos.

“With Toni, I have the freedom to stay in front and wait because I know the ball will come at some point,” Gundogan told The Athletic.

Only a few players in world football are as efficient and calm on the ball as he is,” he added.

Elaborating on what made the Real Madrid legend so special on the field and his skills as a playmaker, the Barcelona star said,

“He is very consistent and gives our team stability. He reads the game and gives us balance with and without the ball and gives other players like me more freedom to create dangerous chances in front of goal.”

With Kroos set to retire after the current tournament, Germany are set to lose the services of one of their all-time greats. Gundogan’s comment that followed on how the game changes without the Real Madrid star, thus, provides a clear picture of his importance.

“Without Toni Kroos, you might start to get impatient, and you might drop further to receive the ball, which is not the point.

Now I know the ball is going to come, I just need to be ready. This makes things much easier,” he explained.

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Just in: Real Madrid’s defensive target picks up fresh injury



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Real Madrid are in active negotiations with LOSC Lille for the transfer of Leny Yoro. After weeks of impasse, the club appear to have made some ground in the race to sign the Frenchman.

However, should the Yoro deal fall through in the coming weeks, Real Madrid have identified Lazio’s Mario Gila as the ideal alternative.

Formerly of RM Castilla, Gila currently plies his trade for Lazio and has emerged as a key defensive lynchpin for the Italian outfit, impressing onlookers with his technique and discipline.

Mario Gila picks up fresh injury

However, in a major development, it appears Mario Gila has picked up a fresh injury during training, reports Diario AS.

In the pre-season camp at Auronzo di Cadore, Gila appears to have fractured his left foot and could be out for several weeks.

Fresh setback for Mario Gila (Photo by Marco Rosi – SS Lazio/Getty Images)

Lazio confirmed the defender’s injury, stating, “Mario Gila underwent clinical and instrumental examinations which revealed a fracture of the phalanx of the big toe of his left foot, suffered during training.”

Gila has started taking the appropriate treatment and the extent of his injury will be known soon. However, as things stand, the defender could be out for at least the next few weeks.

What does this mean for Real Madrid?

Mario Gila’s fresh injury setback is sure to dwindle any hopes of a potential return to Real Madrid this summer.

In any case, Gila’s chances of returning to Santiago Bernabeu were slim given that Real Madrid have finally made some ground in the deal to sign top defensive target Leny Yoro.

Los Blancos, though, would have liked having someone like Gila available as an alternative, especially with LOSC Lille still demanding a fortune for the Frenchman.

Unfortunately, that might not be an option anymore, no thanks to Gila’s injury. The club, though, will keep a close eye on the Spaniard’s injury situation, knowing he could return to fitness before the end of the summer break.

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