Midfielder Toni Kroos has publicly blasted media reports that he wants out at Real Madrid.
Kroos, 29, has scored 13 times in 228 appearances and lifted 11 major pieces of silverware since a July 2014 transfer from Bayern Munich. This impact, however, has not dampened talk of a summer exit ahead of a predicted extensive rebuild.
Leading Spanish sports daily AS stated on Friday that the Germany international is considering a new challenge, leading to Los Blancos targeting Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Manchester United’s Paul Pogba as replacements.
But Kroos, while quoting the article on his verified Twitter account, labelled the article as: “Absolutely false information!”.
Madrid currently sit 13 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona, in third. Their failure to compete domestically and to lift the Champions League for a fourth-consecutive season, plus the return of head coach Zinedine Zidane, has led to rampant rumour about imminent incomings and outgoings.
Kroos has made 38 run-outs for Madrid this term, but has regularly failed to be at his imperious best.
The capital club revealed on Friday that Ramos has been diagnosed with a left soleus injury.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “After the tests carried out on our player Sergio Ramos by the Real Madrid medical services, he has been diagnosed with a grade I injury in the left soleus.
“The player’s situation will continue to be monitored.”
Colombia creator James Rodriguez’s gaining of a Spanish passport has done nothing to alter Real Madrid’s view that he has no long-term future with them, according to reports.
Rodriguez, 27, was a much-heralded €76 million signing from Monaco in the wake of his Golden Boot-exploits at World Cup 2014. He, however, failed to live up to this billing in the Spanish capital and inked a two-year loan move to Bayern Munich in July 2017, with a €42m permanent option that isn’t expected to be exercised.
The former Porto playmaker gained Spanish citizenship this week, ensuring he will not take up one of the three allowed non-EU places in the Los Blancos squad upon his return this summer. But Marca have stated that Zinedine Zidane’s return as head coach and continued pursuit of Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard means there is no desire to reintegrate him.
Perennial Serie A champions Juventus have registered interest in Rodriguez and this option, reportedly, appeals to him more than a transfer to the Premier League.
Rodriguez has netted 36 times in 111 matches. In Germany, he’s scored 15 goals during 64 fixtures.