Kroos discusses Real Madrid’s interest in Pogba, Mbappe

Date published: Monday 20th May 2019 3:55 - Matthew Stead

Toni Kroos has warned reported Real Madrid target Paul Pogba and other would-be signings he will not give up his starting spot without a fight after agreeing a new contract at the Bernabeu.

The likes of Pogba, Eden Hazard and Kylian Mbappe have been heavily linked with Real as the Spanish giants look to regroup after a largely miserable campaign.

While Kroos admits he is a fan of Manchester United midfielder Pogba, he insists he is ready to take on all-comers in the battle for game time at the Bernabeu.

Speaking to the media after committing himself to Real until June 2023, the Germany international, when asked about Pogba, said: “We can talk about many names. I like this player but nothing changes for me.

“I will continue doing what I’ve done all these years, fighting for my place, playing well, and when I’m at a good level I think I have no problems.”

Kroos was also quizzed about the possible signing of Pogba’s World Cup-winning team-mate Mbappe.

Fresh speculation linking the quicksilver forward with Real has emerged in recent days but, with the 20-year-old costing Paris St Germain in excess of £125million, Kroos feels such transfer talk is above his pay grade.

He joked: “I like him as a player but this isn’t a question for me. I cannot buy him. I have a good contract but I cannot buy him. It’s a question for the club.”

While the rumour mill is in full swing about potential summer arrivals at Madrid, there is also intense speculation about which players will be leaving.

Kroos was one of the players whose Bernabeu futures had been called into question but he insists he never saw himself leaving the club.

After signing a new contract, the 29-year-old now wants to help Zinedine Zidane’s side bounce back from a forgettable 2018/19 campaign.

“It’s a very happy and very special day for me,” said Kroos. I’ve had a lot of success with Madrid, and I’m sure we’ll have more in the coming years.

“I didn’t think about leaving because I only thought about trying to change our situation.

“I want to leave when we’re on top, when we’re winning.”


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