Knew Federico Valverde could grow a lot and become a special player, admits Toni Kroos

Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has praised young starlet Federico Valverde and believes the 23-year-old could become a truly special player in the near future. The Uruguayan has enjoyed a sparkling start to the 2022/23 season, contributing 9 goals in 16 league appearances so far.

While Federico Valverde made his debut for real Madrid In the 2018/19 season, it was only a year later that the midfielder started to become a regular part of the team. However, things have changed this season as Valverde has turned into a truly impressive player with the 23-year-old playing in all but one game for Real Madrid this season. Not only that, the Uruguayan has thrived under Carlo Ancelottiscoring 7 goals in just 16 games including 6 in 11 league games.

That alone stunned the world, but in addition, Valverde’s consistency and talent in a star-studded Real Madrid squad made the 23-year-old stand out even more. He saw Toni Kroos reveal he first got a glimpse of it during their pre-season tour ahead of the 2018/19 season and even now believes Valverde will become a special player. Not only that, the German confessed that he watches over the 23-year-old both on and off the pitch.

“I remember it was during the 18/19 season tour in the United States. Our physio told me to keep an eye on him because he knew I was his idol. understood that he was a great guy. Very calm and humble. That’s what I liked the most about him. He didn’t act any different because he traveled with us. He gave his all to every training session without fearing anything. I was watching him on the pitch and off it too,” Kroos said, Marca reported.

“I always liked the way he played. Watching him on the pitch, you knew he could grow a lot and become a special player. At the beginning, he was more irregular in his game, but he always wanted to improve. improve and he gained the trust of the coaches.

The German recently praised Federico Valverde and postulated that the 23-year-old could be among the top three players in the world and refused to take him on. Instead, Kroos backed up his claim and admitted the 23-year-old is a ‘great player’ and someone who will be a ‘world-class player for Madrid for at least the next ten years’.

“My tweet the other day was because he’s in great shape and to play like that with the level the team is playing at is special. Regardless of his current form I think he’s a great player. He’s also very fast with the ball, he has a great pass and he has very good game ideas. His shooting has always been incredible and now it shows with his goals.

“He can play more as a winger but also as a No.8. To be honest, that’s where I see him more and more in the future. What I see now in his game is what he was always, very humble. I think he will be a world-class player for Madrid for at least the next ten years.”

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