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Real Madrid veteran opens up on Germany’s shock World Cup exit: “Shouldn’t happen”

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For the second time in a row, Germany have been knocked out of the FIFA World Cup at the group stages.

Die Mannschaft, world champions in 2014, had crashed out in the first round at the last World Cup in Russia. And they have met the same fate again this time in Qatar.

Drawn in Group E alongside Japan, Germany and Costa Rica, Germany suffered a shock defeat to the Asian nation in their opening fixture and drew versus their European rivals in the second match.

So, even though they defeated Costa Rica in the last group game, it was not enough for Germany to remain alive in the competition.

And Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, who was part of Germany’s 2014 World Cup triumph and group stage elimination four years ago, reflected on the shock exit, saying that it was not because of a lack of quality in Hansi Flick’s squad.

During his punditry stint with Magenta TV (h/t Madrid Zone), Kroos said: “Group stage knock out twice in a row shouldn’t happen to us. It’s obviously not a problem of quality in my opinion, but a level of familiarity, resilience, and automatisms.”

The 32-year-old, who announced his international retirement last year after Germany’s exit from the UEFA Euro 2020, insisted that the team should have made it past the group stages.

“With our team, we should definitely be advancing then if we get eliminated by Brazil in QF, we can say, ‘okay, Brazil had maybe eight world-class players, we only had four’ but don’t tell me we are out because we have less quality than Japan,” he said.

Kroos insisted that there was no shortage of leaders and strong personalities in the Germany dressing room, naming his Real Madrid teammate Antonio Rudiger as one among them.

“We have leaders and players who are loud on the pitch. Kimmich is sometimes almost too loud. The same goes for Rüdiger, Manu, and Thomas with their hunger, mentality & quality, they have what it takes to lead the team,” he said.

Rudiger, along with other Real Madrid stars eliminated from the World Cup – Eden Hazard, Federico Valverde and Thibaut Courtois, will soon rejoin Kroos and the rest of the group for training after a small holiday as they look to put behind the disappointment and prepare for the second half of the season.

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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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