Casemiro recently attended a presser for Brazil, just a few days before the Selecao take on Switzerland in their group game.
The ex-Real Madrid player talked about his former teammates Eder Militao, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric while healing the likes of Rodrygo and Vinicius Junior.
Talking about his desired partner in midfield, the Brazilian international joked about playing with Modric and Kroos once again. “Who I’d rather play in midfield with? Modrić and Toni Kroos,” he said, as quoted by MARCA.
Although Casemiro left Real Madrid in the summer, he is sharing the Brazil team with many of his former teammates at the Bernabeu. He praised some of them such as Vinicius and Rodrygo, both of who are set to play pivotal roles in the attack, following the injury of Neymar.
“It’s always an advantage to have Militão, Vinicius Jr and Rodrygo with you,” said Casemiro, who hailed Rodrygo, in particular. “It’s a pleasure to watch Rodrygo play. Whenever he touches the ball, something special happens. If you love football, you love Rodrygo,” he added.
The Manchester United midfielder went on to add more insight about Brazil’s potential solution in the right-back position, especially after the injury of Danilo. He made a special reference to Eder Militao.
“Militão can play RB. He played there before. I’m not going to say who (will play RB), but that player is training well,” he said.
Danilo picked up an ankle injury during Brazil’s opening game and will subsequently miss the nation’s remaining group games. With Casemiro hinting at Militao potentially operating in the position, it will be interesting to see Tite’s team selection ahead of the upcoming game against Switzerland.
Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar
Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.
It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.
During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.
Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker
Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.
In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.
“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri
The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.
Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”
The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.
Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.