Toni Kroos brushes off recent criticism of his form for club and country: ‘It’s normal if you’ve been successful for a very long time’
- Toni Kroos has endured a tough time on the pitch with Real Madrid and Germany
- Poor campaigns have led some commentators to criticise the midfielder
- However, things appear to be turning around with both club and country
Toni Kroos has taken a swipe at his critics, insisting that he expects the negative attention having been ‘successful for a very long time’.
The midfielder has endured a difficult season for both club and country, with Real Madrid floundering in La Liga and Germany suffering a shock relegation in the Nations League.
At his lowest point during the campaign, the 29-year-old was described as a ‘diesel tractor’ by former Real boss Bernd Schuster.
Toni Kroos has said the level of criticism he has received is ‘normal’ given his recent success
Things have picked up recently on both fronts, with Zinedine Zidane returning as boss at the Bernabeu and his national side atoning for a dismal 2018 with a 3-2 victory over rivals Holland.
And Kroos brushed off the question marks over his own performances, pointing to his stellar record over the last few years.
‘This kind of thing is normal if you have been successful for a very long time like I have,’ the former Bayern Munich man told reporters.
‘You are now talking about the criticism in Madrid, if you are part of the media or someone who gives their opinion and you can’t find anything negative for three years then you are waiting for this kind of moment to fire things up.
The midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Germany beat rivals Holland in a 3-2 thriller
‘I am the last person that has a problem with it, especially with this kind of criticism.
‘I have nothing against constructive criticism if you talk about moments in a certain game, but the criticism you are talking about does not have any content.
‘My style of play was always the same and has not changed over the years, I have never been the player who was sprinting for 90 minutes and I have never been the guy who makes 28 tackles.’
Despite the return of Zidane at Real Madrid, Kroos has still been linked with a possible move away from the club.
Manchester United have been credited with interest, and it is believed they could strike a deal for the Germany star for £50million come June.
The Real Madrid midfielder has been linked with a move to Manchester United this summer
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