Speaking on his podcast ‘Einfach Mal Luppen’ (h/t MARCA), Real Madrid veteran Toni Kroos has admitted that he is a huge fan of teammate Federico Valverde and claimed that the Uruguayan will be a world-class performer for Real Madrid for the next decade.
After enjoying a solid campaign last time out, Valverde has grown further in stature in the current season, becoming an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup.
Whether it is on the right flank or in the middle of the park, the 24-year-old has excelled and has even added goals to his game. Indeed, prior to his injury last week, had already scored seven goals this season in just 16 appearances across all competitions.
And Kroos has now heaped praise on the young midfielder, saying: “I’m a huge fan of Federico Valverde. He is gaining more and more confidence. If he remains on this path, he will be a world class player for the next decade at Real Madrid.”
Reminiscing the first time that he saw Valverde, Kroos said: “I remember it was during the tour of the 18-19 season in the United States. Our physio warned me to keep an eye on him because he knew I was his idol. I immediately realized that he was a great guy.
“Very quiet and humble. That was what I liked the most about him. He didn’t act differently because he traveled with us. He gave everything in each training session without fear of anything. I was watching him on the field and out too.”
On Valverde’s style of play, Kroos added: “I’ve always liked the way he played. Seeing him on the pitch you knew he could grow a lot and become a special footballer. At first, he was inconsistent in his game, but he always wanted to improve and gradually earned the coaches’ confidence.”
Kroos recently took to social media to claim that Valverde was among the top three midfielders currently. Reiterating his stance, the German said:
“My tweet the other day was because he is in excellent form and playing like this with the level that the team shows he is special. Regardless of his current moment, I think he is a great player.”
Valverde has made the difference for Real Madrid on several occasions this season, scoring goals in big games like the ones against Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Sevilla.
The 24-year-old signed a new contract with Los Blancos last year, extending his contract with the club until the summer of 2027.
The midfielder is being groomed for a future captaincy role and given his growth recently, there is no stopping Valverde from becoming the club captain in the near future.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.