Former German captain and World Cup winner, Lothar Matthaus, told the Marca that he believes Real Madrid have done exceptionally well to secure the services of Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos.
Matthaus, is currently in Brazil as a commentator for Sport TV, and the German legend who made 150 appearances for his country and featured in five World Cups including captaining West Germany to victory in Italy, 1990, is more than qualified to pass judgement of the Bayern Munich midfielder.
Matthaus spent 12-years at Bayern Munich during a distinguished 20-year career and although he would love to have seen Kroos remain at the club he was happy to sing the players praises to Real Madrid fans.
On Toni Kroos
"Congratulations to Real Madrid, they've got themselves a genius there. All the same, I'd have preferred him to stay at Munich. Toni is very intelligent, he passes the ball brilliantly and he can shoot hard and well, too. Ronaldo and Bale can really expand alongside him. Robben and Ribéry have, in the past few years", he says.
Matthaus is quite sure in what position he would play Kroos at the Bernabeu: "He isn't a central midfielder, he's more of a false nine who should go through the middle, behind the forwards. I can imagine Cristiano Ronaldo, Kroos and Bale together in that line of three behind Benzema. He is like Modric in that way, though Modric can play as a central midfielder and Kroos is not one of those."
Kroos only had one more year left on his Bayern contract and the Bavarian giants tried everything to persuade the midfielder to stay, however it appeared that the German Champions were not prepared to break their strict wage structure, leaving them no choice but to sell.
Khedira on his way out
With Kroos moving to Madrid, one expects Khedira to almost certainly leave. Carlo Ancelotti has previously said that he would be interested in listening to offers for the German international with Arsenal firm favourites to land the hard working midfielder.
"You have to get one thing clear. Khedira is useful in a team where there are a lot of stars. He runs for the team for the whole 90 minutes. He is intelligent and he knows when to make way. Maybe, for those at Real Madrid, this isn't enough, as they always seem to want something spectacular. But Khedira certainly is essential when you've got eight spectacular players in your team. Then you really do need a Khedira. He has quite a different style".
Pep Guardiola influence
The former German captain also went on to stress that Bayern Munich's Spanish coach, Pep Guardiola, has had an influence of the German international side which has filtered through from his Bayern Munich players.
"It's true that Guardiola has a certain influence in our team. It includes a lot of Bayern players and they bring some of their own style,” he said.
"Guardiola won so many trophies at Barcelona that he had a huge impact. He took some of his Barcelona philosophy to Bayern and, as Germany have so many Bayern players, there is a touch of Guardiola in the team."
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