Sergio Ramos Says Toni Kroos Is 'Indispensable' at Real Madrid

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 11, 2019

VILLAREAL, SPAIN - SEPTEMBER 01: Toni kroos of Real Madrid looks on during the La Liga match between Villarreal CF and Real Madrid CF at Estadio de Ceramica on September 01, 2019 in Villareal, Spain. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos has hailed Toni Kroos as "indispensable" to the team.

The Spaniard told Rene Wenzel of German outlet Sport Buzzer (h/t Goal's James Westwood): 

"He is an indispensable member of our team who creates the right balance. From the start, he's been awesome. He delivers solutions within our game and is an extraordinary passer who has assisted many of my headed goals."

The 29-year-old joined Los Blancos from Bayern Munich in 2014 on the back of winning the FIFA World Cup with Germany, with whom he has made 94 appearances.

He has since made 236 appearances for Real, contributing 59 assists and 14 goals in that time.

The midfielder has won the UEFA Champions League three times with Madrid and La Liga once, among other honours.

Kroos excels in retaining possession for his side with his almost unerringly accurate distribution, and he uses the ball intelligently to create opportunities for his team-mates, too.

He did as much in Los Blancos' 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid in August:

Football writer Manuel Veth and Goal's Ronan Murphy praised him for his showing in Germany's 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on Monday:

Bleacher Report's Jack Collins was less impressed, though, and felt his performance was a symptom of decline:

Like the majority of his Real Madrid team-mates, Kroos did not have a season to remember in the 2018-19 campaign.

Though he's yet to turn 30, he does appear to have lost some mobility. That could increasingly become an issue for Real given Luka Modric is 34, so Casemiro may find he has a lot of ground to cover this season to compensate.

Kroos still has four years remaining on his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, and he has much still to contribute, but the club may wish to bring in another option to share the load in the near future.  

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