Actual Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic says his former Inter Milan teammate Mauro Icardi is a “nice participant” amid hypothesis the European champions will look to bolster their assault in January.
Argentina worldwide Icardi, 24, has been commonly talked about as a possible Madrid goal in latest weeks, drawing consideration with 16 objectives in 15 video games to fireplace Inter to the highest of the Serie A desk.
Madrid are reportedly contemplating signing a brand new ahead within the January switch window, with Zinedine Zidane’s facet having endured a comparatively poor season in entrance of purpose amid barren spells from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo in addition to accidents to Gareth Bale.
“I’m not the one to ask about signings,” Kovacic advised a information convention earlier than Madrid’s Champions League sport with Borussia Dortmund. “[But] I performed two and a half years with Mauro. He’s an excellent participant who scores many objectives, and is having an ideal season. He may assist us lots.
“However now we have the perfect centre-forward on the planet, which is Karim.”
With Madrid presently fourth in La Liga, eight factors behind leaders Barcelona, there was dialogue round whether or not the squad has been weakened by the summer time departures of final 12 months’s prime quality back-ups James Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata and Pepe and their alternative with children Dani Ceballos, Borja Mayoral and Jesus Vallejo.
Requested if he felt the rationale for final season’s Champions League and La Liga winners’ below-par season up to now was a scarcity of squad depth, Kovacic stated: “Our squad shouldn’t be missing for certain.
“Now we have the perfect squad in Europe. Now we have performed good video games, and dangerous ones, which is regular. We should maintain working arduous, and be prepared. Ultimately we’ll see how the season ends.”
Kovacic additionally stated Ronaldo stays on the very pinnacle of the sport regardless of having scored solely two objectives in 10 La Liga appearances up to now.
“He’s the perfect participant on the planet,” he stated. “He has scored many objectives up to now and can once more sooner or later. In the mean time the ball doesn’t wish to go in, however the season is lengthy and he’ll rating many objectives for certain.”
Ronaldo has already retained FIFA’s The Finest award for 2017 and Kovacic stated he anticipated the Portugal worldwide to safe one other Ballon d’Or when the winner is introduced on Thursday.
“He should win the Ballon d’Or,” he stated. “He has had an unbelievable 12 months, scored many objectives and been basic because the staff has received a whole lot of issues. However crucial is that the staff wins. The Ballon d’Or is vital for Cris, and for us too — a fifth for him is unbelievable. However for us crucial is to win as a staff.”
He added: “I’ve realized lots from him. He has received one Ballon d’Or, then thinks of profitable the subsequent one. He all the time desires to win, will get indignant when he does not rating, which has impressed me. He’s all the time within the health club. He’s the perfect participant on the planet and we’re very joyful to have him in our staff.”
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based soccer author who covers La Liga and the Spain nationwide staff for ESPN FC. Comply with him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan