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Official: Real Madrid squad list against Mallorca | La Liga



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Real Madrid will be eager to restart their campaign with a win when they play hosts to RCD Mallorca at the Santiago Bernabeu tomorrow evening.

Los Blancos are currently leading the La Liga table following their win over Deportivo Alaves prior to the Christmas break. And, they will be intent on continuing from where they left off when Mallorca come visiting tomorrow.

Ahead of the game, manager Carlo Ancelotti has released the squad list for tomorrow’s contest at the Bernabeu.

And, Real Madrid have been boosted by the return of some of their injured players with Vinicius Jr., Dani Carvajal, and Arda Guler making it to the squad list, with the latter in contention for his debut for the Merengues.

Castilla starlet Alvaro Carrillo has been called up to make up numbers in defence where David Alaba and Eder Militao are injured and Nacho is suspended.

Kepa Arrizabalaga is in the squad even though Ancelotti claimed that he is dealing with flu and it will be Andriy Lunin who starts in goal tomorrow.

Eduardo Camavinga and Ferland Mendy are other notable absentees for the Merengues along with Thibaut Courtois.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’



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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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