Heynckes: Kroos destined for Madrid

Jupp Heynckes believes compatriot Toni Kroos was always destined to become a star at Real Madrid.

The 69-year-old has seen midfielder Kroos make a brilliant start to the 2014-15 campaign and he is a player Heynckes knows well, having had the German international under his orders at both Bayern Munich and Bayer Leverkusen.

“Kroos is a wonderful player and his destiny was to play in Madrid. He has taken on a leadership role and that’s a big accomplishment.

“Only the greats can play where he is playing,” Heynckes told AS.

Heynckes was in charge at the Santiago Bernabeu for the 1997-98 season and delivered the club a seventh European Cup, although he saw his tenure terminated at the end of the campaign after finishing fourth in domestic competition, 11 points behind champions Barcelona.

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