Pedri Forgives Kroos for Injury-Causing Tackle, Remains With Spain for Euro 2024

Spain’s midfield maestro Pedri has put any lingering animosity towards Toni Kroos behind him, declaring that there are no hard feelings following the tackle that prematurely ended his Euro 2024 journey. The Barcelona star suffered a left knee injury in the opening stages of Spain’s quarterfinal victory over Germany, a collision with Kroos that ultimately sidelined him for the rest of the tournament.

While the incident ended Pedri’s tournament prematurely, Kroos’ own playing career came to a close after the match, having retired from both club and international football. Following the game, Kroos took to social media to express his regret and extend his best wishes to the young Spaniard. “Forgiveness and get well soon to @pedri! Logically, it wasn’t my intention to hurt you. A quick recovery and all the best. You’re a great player,” Kroos wrote.

Pedri, in turn, replied with grace and a clear understanding of the nature of the game, stating that there was no need for blame or resentment. “Thank you Toni Kroos for your message,” the 21-year-old wrote on social media. “This is football and these things happen. Your career and your record remain forever.”

Despite his injury, Pedri will remain with the Spanish squad for the duration of the tournament, providing support and encouragement to his teammates. “I came to Germany for Euro 2024 and I will continue here, until the end. Because, do not doubt it, the dream continues,” Pedri wrote. “This week it’s time to encourage and contribute in another way to this great family that is Spain. Their support and that of all of you is incredible. The hardest moment has passed and the road back has already started, to soon be at full strength with Barcelona.”

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