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Adidas wants €130 million-rated Bundesliga superstar to join Real Madrid in 2025



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One of the biggest revelations this season has been Xabi Alonso’s Bayer Leverkusen, who have gone well and beyond most people’s best expectations and are sitting top of the Bundesliga, with zero defeats in 22 games so far.

They are eight points clear off Bayern Munich, whom they have beaten at home and drawn 2-2 away this season. They seem to be on their way to breaking the Bavarians’ 11-year dominance in Germany.

And while a lot of plaudits will go to Victor Boniface, who is the top scorer of the team with ten goals, or Alejandro Grimaldo and Jeremie Frimpong, who have 17 and 13 direct goal contributions so far this season, the real star of the team is 20-year-olf Florian Wirtz.

Coming back from a lengthy ACL injury lay-off in 2023, the German was able to find his feet in the league last season easily, ending the season with a goal and six assists in 17 appearances.

However, he has taken his performances well and beyond this season, with five goals and nine assists in 22 games so far in 2023/24. He is, of course, attracting a lot of interest from all top European clubs, including a certain Real Madrid.

And as per a report from AS, Wirtz’ main sponsor, Adidas, are pushing for the player to join Real Madrid in the summer of 2025.

The German brand, also los blancos‘ shirt sponsor, played a vital role in Jude Bellingham’s signing in the summer, and are looking to do the same with Wirtz in the future.

Kroos, Modric replacement?

Both Toni Kroos and Luka Modric are finishing their contracts this season, with the former offered a one-year extension on his deal. While he is in two minds about renewing, one thing is clear, that neither of them will be at the club by 2025.

This is where Wirtz could come in and take over responsibility from the duo, and add some serious depth to Madrid’s already stacked midfield.

In Federico Valverde, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Jude Bellingham, they already have four young world-class talents who will be fighting over three spots next season.

The Man City route?

Alternatively, Wirtz could look to follow the Kevin de Bruyne route, and join Manchester City in 2025, who will likely be looking to replace the Belgian superstar as he turns 34 by then. His contract also expires that year.

Leverkusen would be happy to sell their superstar to either Madrid or City in 2025, as they do not want to see him at Bayern Munich or any other club in the Bundesliga.

They will be looking to demand a sum of around €130 million for Wirtz, which should not be a problem for either club.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’



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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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