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Man City ace names Real Madrid midfielder as his toughest opponent this season

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Real Madrid’s Champions League journey has once again been something to marvel at. The Merengues have enjoyed late wins and overcome some of the favorites to cement a spot in the final.

An early exit was predicted by many onlookers when Real Madrid drew Manchester City in the quarter-finals of the tournament, considering the Cityzens knocked them out last season.

However, proving for the umpteenth time that the Champions League is Real Madrid’s domain, the club stood resolutely against Man City across both legs to secure a win in the penalty shootouts.

Foden not short of praise

One of the players who stood out in the tie was Phil Foden, with the youngster scoring a blinder from range in the first leg.

But his efforts went in vain after Madrid took home the spoils of victory. Now, Foden has come out to recognize the incredible talents of the Real Madrid team.

When asked to name the most difficult team Manchester City have faced this season, Foden replied, “Real Madrid.” (h/t Madrid Zone).

Kroos was brilliant against Man City. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

He was also asked to choose the most difficult player he locked horns with this season, to which the Englishman responded, “Toni Kroos.”

Considering Kroos was a towering figure in midfield with brief but purposeful spells on the ball, Foden’s answer barely bewilders.

The German was once again crucial in the semi-finals against Bayern Munich, with a precise through ball to Vinicius in the first leg opening the floodgates.

Kroos’ future up in the air

So far there has not been any official verdict on Kroos’ future, who will be free to depart this summer.

It has been reported that he is considering hitting the exit door on a high note if Real Madrid wins the Champions League.

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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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