Kroos: China & US not for me

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos says China and the US “aren’t destinations for me as a player” as “I’ve always liked playing against the best teams”.

In an interview with German magazine Faz Sport on Saturday, Kroos also stated Madrid “had to beat Bayern or Barcelona” in the Champions League, revealed his “very good relationship” with Coach Zinedine Zidane and admitted he was “very sad” when Carlo Ancelotti left the Santiago Bernabeu in 2015.

“If you want to win the Champions League, sooner or later you have to beat Bayern or Barca,” noted the 27-year-old.

“I’ve always liked challenges in football, playing against the best teams.

“Zidane? We have a very good relationship. He conveys a clear idea to the players. He’s not a Coach that gives you a 20-minute motivational speech, you don’t need it with him.

“He gets what he wants with just his presence. His character is synonymous with success.

“China or the US? I want to play a few more years at the highest level. China and the US aren’t destinations for me as a player.

“Ancelotti? He’s a Coach that talks a lot with his players and creates a very good atmosphere for them. When he left Real Madrid, we were all very sad.”

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