Germany great Jurgen Klinsmann believes Toni Kroos is an “exceptional player” who can remain at the top level with Real Madrid for another four seasons.
Kroos has made 395 appearance and won a remarkable 18 trophies – including the Champions League four times – for Madrid during nine seasons with the club.
The 33-year-old remains a key player for the LaLiga giants, starting 26 of their 34 games this term – only Federico Valverde (29) and Vinicius Junior (32) have started more often.
However, the midfielder’s contract at the Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of this season and he stated last week he will not rush into making a decision on his future.
Kroos has made clear he will not join another club after he brings an end to his Madrid career, and Klinsmann is hopeful he will hold off from retiring for many more years.
“What he has achieved in the last 10 or 15 years is truly fabulous,” Klinsmann told Stats Perform. “He’s won it all. I don’t even know how many trophies he has won.
“He is an exceptional player who can manage his energies not only for 90 minutes but up to 120, giving it all for Real Madrid.
“He could easily play at this level for another three or four seasons, even more since he unfortunately retired from the German national team to save further energy.
“I hope he can go on playing because it would be sad for him to quit so soon.”
Kroos’ influence has once again been clear for Los Blancos this season, with his 1,219 completed passes the most of any player in LaLiga, despite missing three games.
He also ranks highest in the division for passes attempted per 90 minutes (94) – 11 more than any other player – among those to have featured more than twice.
Commenting on his future after helping Madrid to another Club World Cup title last weekend, Kroos said: “I will end my career here.
“I just don’t know exactly when yet. I’m thinking about it. It won’t take many more months, but there is still no decision.”
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