Kroos: I'm not at 100 per cent yet

The midfielder is confident he can hit top gear for Real Madrid in the coming months as they prepare to take on Schalke in the Champions League

Toni Kroos does not think he has quite reached his peak with Real Madrid – but is determined to keep improving.

The Germany international, 25, arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu last summer for an estimated €30 million after winning the World Cup and has started every single Liga game for Carlo Ancelotti this season.

Kroos dismissed suggestions that he has been busier on the pitch in 2014-15 in Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 system but says he does have his sights set on improving in the coming months.

“I don’t think I have run more this season than in my entire career,” the central midfielder told reporters on Tuesday. “But this transfer abroad has been a new experience.

“The club have helped me at all levels and my integration into the squad has been totally achieved. My position here is more defensive, but I’m used to it now after seven months and I hope to reach 100 per cent of my ability here.

“I do not think there will be much change in my role when [Luka] Modric returns [from injury].”

Kroos also admitted his side were hit hard by their mauling at Atletico Madrid earlier this month but looked ahead with confidence towards Wednesday’s Champions League last-16 first leg at Schalke.

“The derby defeat was a very bad result,” he added. “It has been the most negative thing in recent weeks because the general atmosphere in the dressing room is good.

“There are some significant injuries to team-mates, though, but I feel perfectly fine.

“Last year’s win over Schalke in the last 16 is not important. The important thing is to qualify for the last eight this time.

“It’s a nice feeling to play in Germany again, but this time as a Real Madrid player. I remember my matches here with Bayern, we got some good results. I hope to repeat them tomorrow.”

Real Madrid’s clash with Schalke kicks off at 20:45CET, with the return leg at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday March 10.

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