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Fede Valverde talks Cristiano, Kroos, Vinicius, Bellingham, Rudiger, Champions League

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Real Madrid midfielder Federico Valverde has expressed his deep admiration and respect for his teammate, Toni Kroos, emphasizing that the team will never truly be able to replace him.

Valverde’s comments came after Kroos announced his decision to retire from professional football following the upcoming Euros next month.

Reflecting on his experiences, Valverde described playing alongside the German midfielder as a dream come true.

During a conversation on The Residency app on Monday, the Uruguayan international opened up and said, “Playing with Toni Kroos was a dream come true. When talking about him, I always fall short of words.

“We will never be able to replace Kroos. I tell you that he is the person I admire the most and that I would love to be able to do at least ten percent of what he has done at Real Madrid, but it is very difficult.

Toni Kroos played his last game for Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu against Real Betis. (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images)

“In the end, we have another kind of game, there is not a player in the world similar to Toni. We have to find another way of playing, we will try to continue marking an era in this club, but it will be difficult.

“I hope one day they can say goodbye to me in a good way as they did with Toni,” he added.

Velverde’s take on the Champions League final

Valverde shared his excitement about the Champions League final, stating that while winning the prestigious tournament is the ultimate goal, he also wants to savour and enjoy the experience of playing in such a significant match.

His enthusiasm for the game and respect for the competition were evident as he said, “A final is the game of your life.

“Expectations for the final? Winning it above all. Enjoy the match, but you will do more when you win. In the moments before, there are a lot of nerves.

“Everything is different from any other match. It is the most important match of your life, and being able to play it with many family members in the stands and having them come to watch your match, is the best.”

He went on to talk about Sergio Ramos, highlighting the former Real Madrid captain’s irreplaceable presence on the team. Valverde noted that there will never be another captain like Ramos, whose leadership and influence have left a lasting legacy at the club.

Valverde says there is no one like Sergio Ramos. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

“For me, there will never be a captain like Sergio Ramos.”

However, Valverde also expressed his own aspiration to one day wear the captain’s armband for Real Madrid, showing his ambition and dedication to the team.

“Real Madrid captain one day? Obviously. It is possible.”

The conversation didn’t end there; Valverde also shared his thoughts on his teammates Antonio Rudiger and Cristiano Ronaldo.

He spoke fondly of Ronaldo, acknowledging the significant impact the Portuguese star had on the club and how inspiring it was to play alongside such a legendary figure.

“Rudiger is crazy but he’s a cute madman. He is a very good guy and an excellent teammate.

“Of course, I love Cristiano Ronaldo. He is a legend, not only for Real Madrid but worldwide.”

Journey to the final

Valverde recounted Real Madrid’s journey to the Champions League final, recalling his crucial goal against Manchester City and the team’s impressive performance against Bayern Munich.

Valverde has been crucial to Real Madrid’s success this season. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

These moments, he said, were pivotal in their successful campaign and demonstrated the team’s resilience and skill.

“Are we in the final because of my goal vs. City? Maybe, maybe not. I remember an interview after the game and the question of why I didn’t value the goal so much.

They asked me why I did not celebrate. It had reasons, it wasn’t like a defeat, but it seemed to be. Now I am happy about the goal.

“In my opinion, against Bayern in Germany it was not as difficult, we could have won. Everyone said at the Bernabéu it will be easy, but that’s where we suffered. I was taken off, but thanks to Joselu we are here.

In a light-hearted moment, Valverde made a promise to his fans and teammates: if Real Madrid win the Champions League, he will dye his hair white. This playful vow added a touch of humour to his otherwise serious and heartfelt reflections.

If we win the UCL, I will paint my hair white.”

Meanwhile, when asked about his favourite for the Ballon d’Or, he said, “Who wins the Ballon d’Or between Viní and Bellingham? I would split it in half. Both are incredible.”

Lastly, he admitted that he gets along really well with Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo. “Favorite Uruguay teammate? Although he plays for Barcelona, I get along very well with Ronald Araújo.”

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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