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Julian Nagelsmann heaps praise on Real Madrid midfielder after releasing Germany squad

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Shortly after announcing Germany’s final squad for the upcoming European Championship at home, Julian Nagelsmann was harrowed by the press and was asked to reason with his decisions.

During the presser, Nagelsmann notably spoke about the fitness of Toni Kroos and how he is pumped up for the tournament.

Nagelsmann on Kroos’ fitness

“When you hug Toni Kroos, he feels like steel. He doesn’t want to be rested. We’ll make sure to manage the workload after such a long season. But generally speaking, he’s in top shape,” said Nagelsmann (h/t iMiaSanMia).

Kroos, who had announced his retirement from international football back in 2021, was convinced to return from retirement and represent Germany in the upcoming Euro 2024.

The Real Madrid star did not hesitate and was a constant figure in Germany’s friendlies heading into the tournament. As such, his inclusion was not a surprise to many.

When asked about his expectations from Kroos in Euro 2024, Nagelsmann said, “I expect him to be a support for all players. He helps other players extremely with his calmness on the ball and the awareness that everyone can give him the ball at any time.”

Nagelsmann has immense faith in Kroos (Photo by JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP via Getty Images)

“I’ve known him for a long time, but I only had a real personal impression of him in March. I said back then that on the street you wouldn’t tell that he was one of the most successful players in the world.

He’s totally normal, down to earth and also speaks to young players. He was always there and only stood out for his good performances,” he added.

Kroos, in fact, is one of two Real Madrid players to have been selected for the Germany squad for Euro 2024.

The former Bayern Munich starlet will be joined by defender Antonio Rudiger, who in turn, will serve as Germany’s most senior centre-back, especially after the exclusion of Mats Hummels in the squad.

Kroos being in top shape is excellent news not just for German fans but also for Real Madrid. The midfielder, after all, is expected to play a crucial role as Los Blancos take on Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League final on June 1.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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