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Fan reaction to Kroos retirement: ‘I prefer him to stay than Mbappe to come’

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On Tuesday, May 21, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after representing Germany at this summer’s European Championship.

Kroos, 34, has had an illustrious career since joining Real Madrid in 2014. During his time with the club, he has won 22 trophies, including four Champions League titles. 

He also won another Champions League trophy with Bayern Munich before his move to Spain. Additionally, he has secured four La Liga titles with Real Madrid.

Earlier this month, reports suggested that Kroos was close to signing a contract extension with Real Madrid, which would have kept him at Santiago Bernabeu for the 2024-25 season as well. 

However, the midfielder has now decided to hang up his boots, choosing to end his professional career on his own terms. He plans to make his final appearance in front of his home fans.

Messages for Kroos

In a heartfelt message posted on social media, Kroos bid farewell to the Madrid supporters, expressing his gratitude and appreciation. 

Real Madrid fans do not want Kroos to retire.

The announcement prompted an outpouring of support from fellow players. Vinicius and Rodrygo responded with tear emojis, reflecting their sadness at his departure. 

Former teammates Marcelo and James Rodriguez hailed him as a “legend,” while current players Joselu and Lucas Vazquez echoed similar emotions.

Kroos’ decision to retire has deeply affected the Real Madrid squad. Fans have also shared their emotions, with one even stating that they would rather see Kroos stay than have Kylian Mbappe join the team.

It is to be noted that Kroos will play his final match for Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday against Real Betis. 

Following this, he will aim to add another Champions League title to his collection when Los Blancos face Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

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Revealed: Reasons why Real Madrid captain is contemplating exit

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Real Madrid bid Toni Kroos an emotional farewell toward the end of last season, as the German midfielder opted not to pursue continuity in the Spanish capital and instead ride off into the sunset.

However, as the summer transfer window looms large, it appears the German maestro will not be the only veteran hitting the exit door for Los Blancos.

Indeed, Nacho Fernandez’s future continues to be up in the air, as his Real Madrid contract is set to expire in a few days.

Why Nacho is mulling over a departure

The Real Madrid centre-back has been reported to have received a lucrative two-year offer from Al Ittihad, who would nearly quadruple his current salary.

Aside from the appealing financial package from Saudi Arabia, according to AS, Nacho is inclined to leave for other reasons.

Nacho feels his role has diminished under Carlo Ancelotti. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

For one, the Spanish defender believes that under Ancelotti, his position on the team has not evolved.

Even though he had an impressive season, missing important games like the league Clasico at Santiago Bernabeu and the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals against Manchester City has caused him to reevaluate his future.

This season, he has participated in 45 of the 55 games, missing just three because of suspensions.

Yet, his future at the club appears doubtful owing to the return of Rafa Marin from loan, the presence of Antonio Rudiger, and the return of Eder Militao and David Alaba from injury.

Moreover, Nacho’s thoughts have also been impacted by the persistent speculations that Real Madrid is interested in signing Leny Yoro. In the event that Nacho departs, Yoro might join either this summer.

As such, given the competition in defence next season and the reported wage hike at Al Ittihad, it is likely that Nacho will end up departing the Merengues.

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