Uli Hoeness admits to doubting Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos in the past

The supremo confesses he never expected the young midfielder to develop the way he has done over the past year, while adding he could be the Bavarians' key to unlocking Barcelona
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says he has been taken aback by the sudden upturn in the development of midfielder Toni Kroos.

The patron revealed that he was certain the 21-year-old had reached a brick wall in terms of his growth, after initially failing to live up to his potential at the beginning of his career.

"For a long time I thought that he had no further potential and would not develop any more," Kicker quotes Hoeness as saying.

However, Kroos has since has grown into an important playmaker for the Bundesliga giants' this season - to the extent that he could now be the man to help Bayern overcome world champions Barcelona, according to Hoeness.

"He has undergone a sensational development," he claimed. "If you want to overcome Barcelona, you need such a player."

Current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes worked with Kroos at Bayer Leverkusen during a loan spell between January 2009 and June 2010.

And the 66-year-old believes he has helped direct the midfielder onto the right track towards realising a fulfilling career.

"He knows what he needs to work on with me," asserted Heynckes. I know him, I know what he wants and what type of player he is."

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