Kroos says his decision is made

Real Madrid transfer target Toni Kroos says he has come to a decision over his future. The Germany international has been tipped to leave Bayern Munich this summer as he heads into the final year of his contract with the Bundesliga champions.

“I’ve made a decision,” Kroos told Munich newspaper TZ.

“First I want to play at the World Cup. When that is over my decision will be known. I still have a week.”

Kroos was linked earlier this year with Premier League side Manchester United. However, the appointment of former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal as manager at Old Trafford has seen United’s interest in him come to an end.

There appear to be two possible likelihoods. Either Kroos will see out his contract at Bayern, or he will join Real Madrid in a deal worth €25million (£19.9million; $34million).

However, former Germany international Lothar Matthaus thinks the decision will involve a move to Real Madrid and he thinks it will be great move for the European champions.

“Congratulations to Real Madrid, they’ve got themselves a genius there,” said Matthaus. “All the same, I’d have preferred him to stay at Munich.

“Toni is very intelligent, he passes the ball brilliantly and he can shoot hard and accurately, too. Ronaldo and Bale can really expand alongside him – Robben and Ribéry have in the past few years.

“He isn’t a central midfielder; he’s more of a false 9 who should go through the middle, behind the forwards. I can imagine Cristiano Ronaldo, Kroos and Bale together in that line of three behind Benzema. He is like Modric in that way, though Modric can play as a central midfielder and Kroos is not one of those”.

Kroos’s decision could have an effect on Real midfielder Sami Khedira. The Germany international will also decide his future after the World Cup.

Khedira is out of contract in 2015 and has been linked with interest from Premier League side Arsenal. However, the Madrid-based newspaper Marca claims that both the player and Real coach Carlo Ancelotti want him to remain at the Bernabeu and a new contract could be on the horizon.

Khedira missed much of last season through injury, though he returned for Real’s final three La Liga games of the season.

Di Stefano (1926-2014): First ever “Best World Player” died

Alfredo Di Stefano was the first universal player: italian, french and irish blood, played for 3 national teams (home town Argentina, Colômbia and Spain), in 3 leagues (argentinian, colombian and spanish) and in several positions (started as forward and ended up a midfielder). Died, today, 2 days after a stroke.
His stats will prevail in Football history, above all, his stats in Real Madrid, who hired him in 1953 from Millonarios (Colombia) to change the course of spanish football history. And European. And World wide.

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Alfredo Di Stefano incredible CV

Name Alfredo di Stéfano Laulhe
Born June 4, 1926 (Buenos Aires, Argentinië)
Position Centre Forward
Caps 41 [1] (29 goals)
Clubs River Plate, Huracán, Millonarios Bogota, Real Madrid, Espanyol

As a coach Alfredo di Stefano was active for Elche, Boca Juniors, Valencia, Sporting Lisbon, Rayo Vallecano, Castellón, River Plate and Real Madrid

Trophies
Argentina
1x Copa America (1947)

Real Madrid
1x Intercontinental Cup (1960)
5x European Cup (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960)
8x Spanish Champion (1954, ’55, ’57, ’58, ’61, ’62, ’63, ’64)
1x Spanish Cup (1962)

River Plate
2x Argentinean Champion (1945, 1947)

Millonarios de Bogota
3x Colombian Champion (1949, 1951, 1952)[2]

As a coach Alfredo di Stefano won the European Cup Winners Cup (1980) and the Spanish championship (1971) with Valencia, the Argentinean championship with Boca Juniors (1970) and River Plate (1981), and the Spanish Super Cup with Real Madrid (1991)

Honours
2x European Footballer of the Year (1957, 1959)
1x Top Scorer Argentina (1947)
2x Top Scorer Colombia (1951, 1952)
5x Top Scorer Spain (1954, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959)

Angel di Maria: 5 curious Facts

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Angel di Maria, nicknamed “the Noodle,” is one of the many parts of the Argentina national team that makes them so great. Watch the video above to see highlights of the best players in the World Cup including di Maria.

Unfortunately for Argentina, Di Maria will not be there to help them during the semifinal on Wednesday against the Netherlands due to a thigh injury.

Here’s what you need to know about Messi’s right-hand man:

1. His Thigh Injury is Keeping Him Out of the Semifinal vs. Netherlands

2. Manchester United Offered $54.3 Million For Him

3. He is Worth $22 Million

4. He Went Pro When He Was 17

5. He Got Married in 2011