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No Bellingham as Antonio Rudiger names his best five-a-side Real Madrid team

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Antonio Rudiger has enjoyed a strong start to the new season. He may have seen limited minutes last season, but Eder Militao’s untimely injury has forced him into the limelight as the team’s regular centre-back this term.

So far, the German star has played 15 of Real Madrid’s 16 league games and has started on 14 occasions. He averages over seven defensive actions per game and has overseen seven clean sheets.

Rudiger’s mini-team

In an interview with DAZN, the German defender was asked to pick his dream five-a-side team from the current crop of Real Madrid players. He chose an evenly balanced team with a mix of players from across the field.

“Carvajal. He’s like a pit bull. A machine. Camavinga, because he really can do everything. Then of course Luka Modrić. Then Toni Kroos. And Vinícius, he can take on four opponents on his own.”

As is evident from his list, the centre-back showed a preference for experience over youth and heavily prioritised the midfield over any other department.

A big snub

One of the most bizarre observations from the player’s five-man team is the absence of a certain Jude Bellingham.

The youngster has lit up the world with his unreal start to life at Real Madrid and has single-handedly won Los Blancos games on a regular basis. 

So far, he has scored an astonishing 16 goals and has also provided four assists as well. More than the sheer number of goals he has scored, his influence is visible in terms of the sheer number of games won by his contributions.

To not feature on Rudiger’s list, thus, comes across as strange. After all, he has been the team’s single most important player this season and is only getting better with every passing game. 

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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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