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Real Madrid star the best midfielder in Europe in two aspects, says German NT coach

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Toni Kroos was the highlight of the recently concluded international break, as the Real Madrid veteran midfielder marked his return to the German national team.

Kroos was the star performer in Germany’s wins over France and the Netherlands, with the former Bayern Munich star bringing much-needed composure, experience and leadership in the middle of the park.

Kroos’ performances for the German national team have left everyone mesmerised and national team coach Julian Nagelsmann is no exception.

Nagelsmann labels Kroos as Europe’s best

Shortly after Germany’s win over the Netherlands in an international friendly, Julian Nagelsmann heaped praise on Kroos.

The young tactician particularly highlighted Kroos’ passing, even labelling him as the best midfielder in Europe when it comes to circulating possession.

Real Madrid’s midfield maestro (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

“In terms of impact and passing, Toni Kroos is currently by far the best midfielder in Europe,” said Nagelsmann (h/t Madrid Zone), who played an integral role in convincing Kroos to come back from retirement to play for Germany.

What’s next for Kroos?

After starring for Germany during the international break, Kroos looks all set to represent Die Mannschaft in the upcoming European Championship.

In the meantime, though, Kroos will be focusing on club football, with Real Madrid fighting for La Liga and the Champions League titles.

There were uncertainties over the future of the midfielder, whose contract at the Bernabeu expires at the end of the season.

However, as per reports released today, Kroos has seemingly decided to continue at Madrid beyond this season, and will soon put pen to paper to his one-year extension deal.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success

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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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