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Carlo Ancelotti wants the veteran duo to continue: “They have to continue”

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Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has affirmed that veteran midfielders “Toni Kroos and Luka Modric have to continue”, backed by fans urging them to stay during the league celebration. 

However, neither the coach nor the players want to think ahead to the Champions League final just yet. 

It is said that Ancelotti does not see an expiry date for the duo who have been instrumental in shaping the team’s style of play this season, rotating them to keep one always on the field. He understands their importance in setting the tempo of each match.

“I see both of them very excited to be able to contribute and prepare for the final. Their minds are exclusively on trying to win the Decimoquinta,” said the manager as quoted by SPORT.

Will Modric and Kroos stay?

Toni Kroos and Luka Modric face uncertain future at Real Madrid. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

Currently, all parties involved are maintaining a silent stance, reminiscent of last season, though Modric drops hints about his desires by recalling past statements. 

“I have already said many times… things… and you also know everything,” said the midfielder during the celebration.

The decision ultimately rests with Real Madrid, whether they extend Modric’s tenure at the age of 39.

“That people ask me to stay is impressive. It’s difficult for me to find the words to describe what I feel, but thank you for so much love,” the Croatian added.

Kroos, on the other hand, remains tight-lipped, but insiders speculate his continuation for another season given his stellar performance this year, which he previously indicated as a condition for his stay.

Ancelotti comprehends the intricacies of team dynamics, acknowledging the vital roles both the German and the Croatian play, not only in matches but also in mentoring future talents. 

His challenge lies in orchestrating a smooth transition while still relying on their expertise. He recognizes their ongoing significance and the necessity of their presence for the team’s development over the coming years.

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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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