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Kroos jokes about Real Madrid teammate after shootout win vs Man City, discusses future

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Real Madrid are blessed to have a squad that competes at the highest level not just in sporting terms but also on the mental front. The latter, in particular, is greatly helped by the mix of youngsters and veterans in the setup.

The likes of Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in the dressing room help inject belief even at the lowest of points, and the same was seen last night against Manchester City.

As long as he was on the field, Kroos led Real Madrid’s charge from the front, not only playing at a very high level but also rallying his teammates.

Speaking to the media after Real Madrid’s nervy, yet enormous win over Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, the veteran midfielder was asked about his future at the club and whether a renewal was close.

“I don’t know yet,” he said, giving nothing away.

Kroos celebrating Rudiger’s penalty with the entire team. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Kroos jokingly pulled the leg of his compatriot, Antonio Rudiger, who scored the winning penalty for Los Blancos after what was an enormous defensive display from him.

“Advice for Rudiger? He’s the only one I didn’t trust to take a penalty (laughs).”

Kroos also gave his two cents on facing his former team, Bayern Munich, in the semifinal of this year’s edition of the Champions League after the Bavarians took down Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

“Bayern is up next, and they have beaten a strong Arsenal team. They are dangerous because they only have the Champions League left [to fight for].”

“I haven’t thought about the game yet because we have El Clasico in four days, but it will be very difficult for sure,” he added, emphasising that his current focus was on the clash against Barcelona this weekend.

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Bundesliga title-winner ‘is ready for Real Madrid’, says former German great

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Speaking in an interview with Sport BILD (h/t AS), Germany legend Michael Ballack has claimed that Bayer Leverkusen sensation Florian Wirtz is ready to play for Real Madrid.

Wirtz is a player that Real Madrid have been closely monitoring for a while now, with the German sensation being seen as a long-term replacement for Toni Kroos, who announced his retirement yesterday.

A move for Wirtz is being planned for the summer of 2025 and Ballack believes that the Bundesliga title winner with Leverkusen is ready for the big move to the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Wirtz is ready for Real Madrid,” said Ballack.

“In terms of football, Wirtz can definitely play for Real Madrid. You can also see it in Jude Bellingham after his move from BVB: when you play with even better players, you become even better,” he added.

The Toni Kroos replacement? (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Wirtz has a contract with Bayer Leverkusen that runs until the summer of 2027. As things stand, the new German champions have no intentions of selling their prized asset this year.

However, there appears to be an acceptance that the German international will be on the move in 2025.

Other top clubs like Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also understood to be interested, but Real Madrid are likely to beat them in the race should it come down to that next year.

A move for Wirtz, though, could cost in excess of €100 million for Real Madrid should they do indeed decide to proceed with his signing next year.

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