Former Real Madrid star reveals how he diverted an FC Barcelona player

Former Real Madrid star reveals how he diverted an FC Barcelona player

Former Real Madrid striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy revealed how he shunted a promising young star towards his former club and away from FC Barcelona during an interview with BRAND.

The Dutchman played at the Bernabéu from 2006 to 2010, but ended his career at Málaga after spending the 2011-2012 season there.

At the time, a young Isco was on the rise and could choose between the two biggest clubs in Spain.

BRAND He asked Van Nistelrooy what he thought of the midfielder’s impressive campaign at Real Betis this season, but received additional information.

“His season has surprised me and not surprised me, because I saw the quality he had when he was young,” Van Nistelrooy began.

“He always talked about Barça and I told him ‘No. You are going to play for Madrid and you are going to win the Champions League in Madrid.’

“And it was really fun to talk to him about this moment, because like madridista I talked about my experience in Madrid. And look, I think talking to young players like him was when I changed and my streak as a coach was born,” he added.

When asked how he sees Madrid’s future, Van Nistelrooy pointed to the mix of new blood and veterans such as Toni Kroos and Luka Modric as a recipe for success.

“Madrid has seven players who for me are the best in the world in their position, but they must not forget Modric’s experience.”

Van Nistelrooy was not impressed by Kroos’ “impossible” retirement announced this week, although he did see the positive side.

“But hey, they are going to make a great team, because now (Kylian) Mbappé is coming. He is young but he has experience. And they are recovering (Thibaut) Courtois, who has already returned, (Eder) Militao…”, he remained silent.

Regarding the fact that the pressure in Madrid is different from that of the rest of the teams, Van Nistelrooy stressed that “character is very important.”

“Mentally you have to be very strong to play well and be at your best… There is a lot of pressure in Madrid. The Bernabéu asks you to be at your best all year round, to fight for everything… The players have to mentally very strong,” he said.