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‘Most successful German footballer’ – Legendary striker pays tribute to Toni Kroos

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It is almost unbelievable that Toni Kroos will only play two more games as a Real Madrid player. The German superstar has always wished to hang his boots at the club, but not many saw it coming so soon.

The European Championships next month will be the midfield maestro’s final tournament as a professional football player, as announced by the player himself earlier today.

His decision has caused tributes to fall in from all across the globe, for his retirement marks the end of an era not only for Real Madrid but for German football.

Speaking to the media via Phillip Kessler after the Real Madrid star’s breaking announcement, German legend and World Cup winner Miroslav Klose opened up on his view on Toni Kroos’ career and shared some special stories with the star.

“There are no words for Kroos. To fight his way through at Real Madrid like that, to play such a strong role in such a big team, with players – even in the national team – looking up to him – it’s incredible,” he began, showering praise on his compatriot on an illustrious career.

He then dived back into his days with Kroos at Bayern Munich and how he was always impressed by Kroos’ abilities and development.

“I loved playing with him so much. I can still remember our time together at FC Bayern: he was only 17 years old at the time, back then he played on the left side and set up a lot of goals for me from that position.”

“At some point, he moved to the centre of the pitch and became a ball machine of the highest level. The way Toni can also read the game is incredible,” he added.

Kroos and Klose in action for Germany in 2014. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos announced his return to the German National Team earlier this year and made an enormous impact on the team immediately upon his return. Speaking on Kroos’ influence as a leader, Klose said,

“In the two games after his national team comeback, you could already see what he can do with a team. It was incredible. You can still see what a great player he is.”

The legend then commented on what impressed him the most about the Real Madrid superstar and why he stood out as one of the best ever.

“The most important thing about him is that he has remained normal despite his great successes. That impresses me, that’s his great strength.”

“The humanity that characterises him cannot be topped. There aren’t as many hats as I’d like to tip to him,” he added.

Finally, he wished his former club and international teammate a fitting retirement, especially with both the UCL final and the European Championships coming up.

“He has achieved so much. I’m happy for him because he deserves it all, he’s earned it all himself. My last game was the World Cup final when we beat Argentina in the Maracana. I wish Toni a similar retirement.”

“He’s already the most successful German footballer. He can now win two more titles with the Champions League and European Championship. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for him. That would be the worthy farewell he deserves,” he concluded.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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