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Toni Kroos talks World Cup final, Messi, Modric, Benzema, Hakimi, Varane

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that although he is rooting for France to win the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, a career like Lionel Messi’s deserves a world title as well.

Lionel Messi’s story at the World Cup has arguably been one of the finest, with the Argentine scoring five goals and three assists in six outings. In fact, the former Barcelona player has been involved in a total of five goals (G3, A2) in his last three games.

At the same time, however, France have been without several first-team members such as N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba among others and have yet managed to reach the final.

Speaking about the game, Kroos said that he is supporting France mostly because two of his Real Madrid teammates are one step closer to making history.

If we talk about personal reasons: France,” he told Real Total, when talking about who he wants to win the FIFA World Cup final. 

“Two of my teammates are in France’s team. On the other hand, I have to be honest: with a career like Messi’s, it wouldn’t be wrong if it was crowned with a World Cup title,” he added.

Meanwhile, he also admitted that he is yet to send a message to his club teammate Luka Modric following Croatia’s 0-3 defeat to Argentina in the semi-final.

“Not yet, I wanted to give him a day. I’m still writing to him. I know that sometimes it takes a day and, above all, that after games like this you get 2000 messages and can’t keep up with the replies. Then it’s better to connect in a quiet minute and with good luck for the next game.”

Argentina were awarded a penalty during the game – a decision that did not please Modric. Kroos and said that although it was the correct decision, the referee made a wrong decision leading up to the goal.

“It is a penalty for me. No wrong decision, but there was a corner for Croatia leading to it that wasn’t given.”

Speaking about Karim Benzema who missed the World Cup through injury, Kroos revealed that the Frenchman is back in training and has recovered very well.

“He’s been back in training for a few days. He also makes a really good impression. It was definitely very, very bitter for him not to be able to play in the World Cup. 

“Precisely because he had only returned to the last European Championship and you never know how old he will be until the next World Cup. But he seems to have recovered really well and is fit again.”

Lastly, when speaking about his former teammates Achraf Hakimi and Raphael Varane, he said,

“I think he’s [Hakimi] great. We played together for a year. Back then you saw in training that he was an extremely fast and, above all, attacking full-back. There are so few of them that even back then I thought: He has something special. 

“I think you can learn to defend better where he had his weaknesses and what he totally caught up on. He’s always had the offensive side. It wouldn’t have been a problem if he’d stayed a little longer.

About Varane, who left Madrid for Manchester United last year, he added: “Incredibly fast. Really one of the fastest teammates, I would even say. There were a few quick ones. He’s really incredible.

“I haven’t seen anyone run away from him in the time here. He was a solid pillar with us alongside (Sergio) Ramos in the really big years.” 

“He did an outstanding job and a really complete package. He doesn’t do miracles with the ball up front but is a highly awkward defender to play against. You can’t beat him in the air, as I said, he’s incredibly fast, can’t run away from him either. Good man,” he concluded.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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