Dutch legend Johan Cruyff has praised Germany midfielder Toni Kroos’ World Cup performances, believing the 24-year-old to be one of the star performers of the tournament.
Kroos has been a crucial part of Germany’s run to the final four, settling up Matt Hummels’ goal in the 1-0 quarter-final win over France, while also playing close to every minute for the side thus far, and the former Barcelona star moved to laud his team's efforts in Brazil.
‘Kroos is a wonderful player,’ Cruyff wrote in De Telegraaf. ‘He’s doing everything right, the pace in his passes is great and he sees everything. It’s nearly perfect.
'I’m impressed by Germany too. Their passing, creating space and the way they use the goalkeeper.
‘In footballing terms, they are outstanding.’
Boasting 49 caps and five goals since his 2010 debut, Kroos appeared at both the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 for Germany, though only became a solid fixture in the lineup during qualification for Brazil 2014.
Widely lauded for his vision, technique and versatility, the Bayern Munich midfielder has been a regular for the Bundesliga giants for the past four campaigns, helping the club to back-to-back league titles in recent seasons, as well as to an historic treble in 2013.
Reportedly set for £20 million move to Real Madrid following the World Cup, after failing to negotiate a contract extension under Pep Guardiola, Kroos has been a target of Manchester United this summer, but the club’s signing of Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera last month for £29 million has seemingly lessened their interest.
With Germany taking on Brazil in Tuesday’s semi-final clash, another stellar performance from the deep-lying playmaker may just have fans lamenting the fact they weren’t able to coax him to Old Trafford, as Die Mannschaft continue their quest to add a fourth World Cup title to their collection.