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Just in: Real Madrid veteran not in training today, ruled out of Elche clash – report



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According to journalist Jose Luis Sanchez, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is not training with the team today due to gastroenteritis and is set to miss the La Liga clash against Elche on Wednesday.

Real Madrid were not involved in league action this past week as they were away in Morocco, participating in the FIFA Club World Cup, which they won by defeating Al Hilal in the finals in Rabat.

Kroos, who had been in the starting XI in both the Club World Cup matches against Al Ahly and Al Hilal, is currently out with gastroenteritis.

Having not participated in the final training session before tomorrow’s game against Elche, the 33-year-old midfielder is set to sit out the contest.

Kroos has featured 30 times across all competitions this season, scoring two goals and registering four assists.

Despite his advancing age, the midfielder remains a crucial part of the setup under Carlo Ancelotti. With his contract expiring at the end of the season, Los Blancos are keen to renew him for another year, although the German icon is yet to make a decision.

Along with Kroos, Ferland Mendy and Eden Hazard were also not spotted in training today as they recover from their respective injuries. Vinicius Jr was also not seen as he is set to miss the Elche clash due to suspension for accumulation of cards.

However, Jorge Picon reports that Thibaut Courtois and Lucas Vazquez started the training sessions normally, which will come as a boost for Ancelotti, although it remains to be seen if the duo will be ready in time to play tomorrow at the Santiago Bernabeu.

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Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar



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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

Calhanoglu claims Kroos is below him and Rodri. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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.

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