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Arsenal target Leon Goretzka has been described as the new Toni Kroos, but the Schalke star was more like his countryman’s Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane on Saturday.
Unfortunately, the similarity with the legendary Frenchman had nothing to do with his football abilities.
In fact, it was Goretzka’s headbutt on Cologne rival Salih Ozcan that provided a throwback to the icon.
Unbelievably, the midfielder escaped any punishment after ramming his head into the chest of his opponent – despite the referee being right next to him.
The shocking incident occurred when Ozcan had floored Goretzka in the 82nd minute of the Bundesliga clash.
The former then screamed at the in-demand ace, causing his temper to boil over as he rammed his head into his chest.
Amazingly, Goretzka denied any malice and claimed that it was purely accidental.
The 22-year-old told Sky Sport: “The referee is right next to it. If he had seen assassination, he would have pulled me aside.
“I just want to get up impulsively. I admit that it looks unfortunate. But it was certainly not intentional, I did not want to injure him. My name is not Zinedine Zidane. It is unnecessary to discuss it.”