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‘Have to respect and support him’ – Real Madrid defender on Toni Kroos’ retirement



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Just as they did last season, Real Madrid tried tirelessly to convince Toni Kroos to stay put for an additional season, especially with the midfielder continuing to churn out consistent displays.

But opting to call it a day after achieving numerous titles and accolades, Kroos recently announced his retirement.

The decision has unsurprisingly received a great deal of attention considering the German’s influence on the sport and status as one of the best midfielders to have ever kicked a ball.

And the Real Madrid dressing room has not hidden their sadness following the publication of the news.

Carvajal opens up about Kroos’ retirement

Dani Carvajal shared an emotional message bidding Kroos farewell on his Instagram page and has now answered how he and the team feel after learning about the midfielder’s exit via MARCA.

The Real Madrid veteran revealed Kroos’ departure comes across as a tough blow, given that there are only two more games left for him to don the royal white jersey.

“Well, we all know about Toni’s quality and what he has given us all these years and we are sad because we can only enjoy two more games with Real Madrid,” Carvajal professed.

Real Madrid captains. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos joined the Merengues back in 2014 and went on to create a lasting legacy. Carvajal acknowledged the 34-year-old’s status as a Madrid legend and the difficulty future torchbearers will find emulating his success.

“We respect his decision. In the end, he is the one who chooses when, how and where and we support him. He is a Real Madrid legend. He came young and few players can repeat the decade he has spent here,” he claimed.

Kroos’ statement was unexpected

“Yesterday we already knew a little that he was not going to continue. We did not know that he was going to give the statement today. Support him, respect him and throw him a great party that he deserves it,” Carvajal added.

Carvajal admitted that the squad tried to convince Kroos to continue, but it was complicated knowing what his mentality is like and how he seldom turns back on a decision.

“We try to convince him to continue but it is complicated. We know what his mentality is like and how firm he is with his decisions. We have to respect and support him.

“We are happy for him because if it is what he wants then we are fully with him,” Carvajal remarked.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros



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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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