Toni Kroos is convinced David Alaba would have the quality to flourish at Real Madrid, should he make the move from Bayern Munich in the summer.
Alaba announced last week that he would be leaving Bayern on a free transfer in the summer, but stopped short of revealing his next destination.
It has been widely speculated that Real will be his next club, and Kroos has no doubts the Austria international would adapt to life in La Liga.
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What was said?
“Here you need quality, that you are physically there, that your head can handle many situations,” Kroos told Sky Germany. “You need more than just sporting quality.
“I haven’t played with him for almost seven years. So it’s a little difficult for me to say how and what he thinks.
“I’ve already read the name Alaba in connection with Real Madrid, but I don’t have any information on it now.
“If you’re a regular at Bayern, then you definitely have the athletic quality to play at Real Madrid.
“That’s clear, but we’ll see what will come of it in the end.”
Do Real Madrid have a need for Alaba?
The simple answer is yes. Sergio Ramos is in the final year of his contract, and club and player are said to be some way apart with regard to an extension.
Added to that, Ramos will turn 35 in March and is currently sidelined with a knee injury that required surgery. The Spain great has proved his commitment and drive during his 17 years in the game, but is in the latter stages of his career and a replacement is required.
Who else has been linked with Alaba?
It’s of little surprise that one of the most talented defenders in the world is attracting admiring glances from a number of clubs.
Why is Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea in Bucharest?
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea will be played at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest, Romania and not Madrid.
This is because of Spanish government restrictions on travellers entering the country from England, due to the new COVID-19 variant.
The second leg is still set for Stamford Bridge on March 17.
Do away goals count at the neutral venue?
Despite ties taking place at neutral venues, UEFA have confirmed that away goals will still count as double if the tie is level.
What time does Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea kick off?
Atletico Madrid take on Chelsea on Tuesday, February 23.
The match kicks off at 8pm UK time.
Last time the Blues played Atletico away, a last minute Michy Batshuayi goal saw them emerge 2-1 winners at the Wanda Metropolitano.
What TV channel is Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea on and can I live stream it?
Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea is live on BT Sport 2.
Coverage commences at 7pm – one hour before kick-off.
To stream the game live, head to the BT Sport website or app.
Can I watch Atletico Madrid vs Chelsea for free?
EE customers can get BT Sport INCLUDED to their plan at no extra cost if they are on a plan with Smart Benefits – simply log in to EE and choose BT Sport app.
And then get it on the big screen by texting SPORT to 150 to get a FREE three-month trial of Large Screen so you can cast all the action on your TV.
At the end of the three months you will automatically roll onto the £5 per month BT Sport Large Screen subscription unless cancelled.
Former Chelsea transfer target Jose Gimenez will miss Atletico’s game against the Blues after limping off against Levante at the weekend due to a reoccurrence of a muscle injury.
Stefan Savic is likely to be drafted in as a replacement.
Yannick Carrasco, Sime Vrsaljko, Hector Herrera and Kieran Trippier are all out injured, forcing Diego Simeone to bring some youngsters into the squad.
Thiago Silva is expected to return to Chelsea’s starting XI after missing their game against Southampton with a muscular injury.
Kai Havertz and Christian Pulisic are both doubts while Tammy Abraham is fit again after starting at Southampton.