Spain boss Vicente del Bosque has admitted he is a fan of Toni Kroos and believes he is a player who should be held in the same regard as Thomas Muller, Philip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Kroos made an appearance against Arsenal in the midweek Champions League game and helped Bayern Munich secure their place in the quarter-finals but once again had to settle for a place on the bench at the start as part of Pep Guardiola’s policy of rotation.
In an interview with Del Bosque for Sport Bild, the Spain coach felt Germany was in as good a situation as Spain when it comes to player selection for the World Cup and highlighted Kroos’ importance to Germany.
He said: “This is utopia! But to be honest – I like Toni Kroos very, very much. Kroos is a big player like Müller, Lahm and Schweinsteiger.”
Kroos is expected to be an important player for Germany in the World Cup this year despite his current situation with Bayern Munich where he isn’t expected to make a decision on his future until after the tournament.
It’s not a surprise that Del Bosque holds Kroos in high regard because everybody else does. Bayern fans want Kroos to stay and so does Guardiola as he is one of the most talented young midfielders in European football.
However, Guardiola hasn’t shared Del Bosque’s parity by making Kroos feel as important as the likes of Schweinsteiger and Muller which is where his frustration has stemmed from.
Unless that issue is resolved, alongside the financial side of things, then Kroos’ situation in Bayern may continue to be untenable.