The pair might have switched clubs over the summer, but Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos insists that he does not want to be compared to his Spanish counterpart Xabi Alonso.
Kroos, 24, moved from German giants Bayern Munich to the Bernabeu in July for around £20 million, with his arrival facilitating the £5 million sale of Alonso in the opposite direction during the closing stages of the transfer window.
The former Liverpool stalwart has since earned rave reviews for his Bundesliga performances, breaking a league record for the most touches in a single game in last month’s 2-0 win at FC Koln, but his Madrid opposite has stressed that he would rather focus on his own career path than hear about comparisons.
‘I don’t like comparisons, although when you consider the position we both play in then we’re not such different players,’ he told Marca when discussing his start to life in Spain.
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‘I’ve settled in very well in a short space of time and I feel very integrated, both within the squad and outside it.
‘On the pitch, teams here show more commitment than in the Bundesliga. I think that, by and large, there are better players here than in Germany, although teams there pose more difficulties.
‘Even so, you can’t win games in the Spanish League by giving only 70 or 80 per cent and you’ve always got to step on the gas.’
The German World Cup-winner also confessed that he had not had time to start learning Spanish so far, adding: ‘I’ve had a game almost every four days from when I arrived, so I haven’t had much time, but I’m trying to learn it bit by bit.
‘That will help in my relationship with the other players, although at the moment I’m doing alright with English,” he maintained.’