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Legendary Real Madrid midfielder will step aside ‘when his importance decreases’

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Toni Kroos has been among the best midfielders in the world for more than a decade now, but the second half of last season proved that he is no longer indispensable for Real Madrid.

Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde are on the verge of breaking through the first team and were arguably more critical for Carlo Ancelotti during their run to the Champions League title.

In what could be good news for the duo, AS have reported that Kroos will wait before extending his contract, which runs until the summer of 2023. He would be willing to step aside if he feels his importance is decreasing in the team.

The German midfielder has already retired from the national team, and it will not be particularly surprising should he decide to retire by next year.

It does give him a significant advantage over his midfield competitors as they will be competing in the World Cup this year, putting significant physical strain on their bodies in what is a long season.

The 32-year-old played 28 games in the league last season, scoring one goal and setting up three more. While his performances took a significant drop during the second half of the campaign, he has looked sharp during pre-season, especially against Juventus.

He will have to mirror that display through the 2022/23 season in order to protect his spot in what Ancelotti has referred to as the ‘Bermuda Triangle’.

Kroos has assured Madrid fans in the past that he wants to retire wearing Real’s kit, but this season could be the beginning of the end for the midfielder.

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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