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Germany eager to recall Real Madrid legend back for the 2024 Euros, player wants to stay retired

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Through the passage of seasons, Toni Kroos continues to assert himself as a perennial pulse of Real Madrid’s midfield.

The German was speculated to hang up his boots last season, but after giving it another season with the club he has found so much success at, it is safe to say he is still not showing major signs of decline just yet.

However, while he continues to delight domestically, Kroos’ journey with the national team came to an end in July 2021.

Germany eager to recall Kroos

Indeed, according to Jorge C Picon, the German national team is coveting the return of Kroos ahead of the 2024 Euros, which will be hosted by Germany itself.

The report goes on to add that they have even consulted through intermediaries about the midfielder’s situation in Madrid and if he would be willing to return.

Germany’s national team have endured a rocky few years, with the team famously being knocked out of the World Cup group stages last year in Qatar.

Managerial changes have proven to disrupt the dynamics, with coach Nagelsmann also yet to truly get off the mark.

As such, reintegrating the tranquil figure of Toni Kroos would be sure to mitigate some of the issues within the team, explaining the German’s interest before such a major tournament.

Kroos’ remains strong on his decision

Even so, the report argues that the 33-year-old has no intention of taking back a decision he thoughtfully made a few years ago.

Kroos has no desire to return again, with the player focused on his current objectives with Real Madrid and off-field activities.

Moreover, he does not want to take away play time of up-and-coming youngsters by interfering in the squad dynamics.

Consequently, despite the seemingly strong interest, the likelihood of Kroos donning the German jersey again is exceedingly low.

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PSG president wanted Real Madrid to bear Mbappe’s €80 million loyalty bonus

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It is only a matter of days before Kylian Mbappe is officially confirmed as a Real Madrid player.

The French superstar announced his departure from PSG as a free agent recently and even though nothing is official yet, everything points to him arriving at the Spanish capital club.

An official announcement and presentation are expected to take place sometime before the UEFA Euro 2024 starts.

While the move is all but done, it appears that PSG, in particular president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, are left with a bitter taste over Mbappe’s imminent exit.

Al-Khelaifi wanted Real Madrid to pay €80 million

As has already been reported, Al-Khelaifi tried to convince Mbappe to snub Real Madrid by presenting various arguments which had no effect.

Now, French publication L’Equipe has brought forth a report which claims that the PSG president simply cannot accept the fact that Mbappe is joining Real Madrid for free.

And things are now happening behind the scenes which suggest that the Frenchman’s departure will be far from smooth and amicable.

Indeed, as per the report, PSG have not paid Mbappe his salary for the month of April as well as an additional bonus he was due.

This is because of the €80 million loyalty bonus payment that the club had made to the France captain back in February, even though he had waived it off after deciding not to renew his contract.

Headed for an ugly split with PSG. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)

In August 2023, after he was frozen out of the team for refusing to extend his contract, Mbapp agreed to give up his loyalty bonus so that PSG do not suffer a huge financial hit as a result of his leaving as a free agent this summer.

However, Al Khelaifi made a U-turn and granted Mbappe the loyalty bonus in February this year, with the caveat that Real Madrid cover the €80 million as compensation for the 25-year-old leaving for free.

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, however, refused that demand as he deemed that it was completely out of the question, as the La Liga champions are not obligated to pay for a player who will be out of contract in a few weeks.

A complete breakdown

Things have not been well between Mbappe and Al-Khelaifi ever since the player informed him of his decision to leave PSG.

The report suggests that the pair are no longer on speaking terms and that lawyers are involved in trying to resolve the matter of the unpaid dues.

PSG are looking for written confirmation that their all-time top scorer will waive the €80 million, which he had agreed to in the past, only for the club to make the payment.

As for Mbappe, he wants the money he is owed as part of his salary which was not paid in April.

Al-Khelaifi has not had the best relation with Perez either and this development further escalates the situation.

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