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Official: Real Madrid squad list to face Real Sociedad – key superstar absent

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Real Madrid have released the squad list that will travel to the Basque country for tomorrow night’s La Liga clash against Real Sociedad.

And, in a major development, star midfielder Jude Bellingham is missing from the list of players that will make the trip to face Imanol Alguacil’s men.

Bellingham did not train with the team today due to gastroenteritis, but Carlo Ancelotti hinted that he could be on the squad list. But, as it turns out, he misses out.

Ferland Mendy is another notable absentee for Real Madrid even though Ancelotti confirmed that the Frenchman has recovered.

Rodrygo, who was not in training today due to flu, is on the squad list.

Thibaut Courtois is also absent, although Ancelotti confirmed that the Belgian could play next week against Cadiz.

There are likely to be some changes to the starting XI on Friday, with players like Arda Guler, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and Dani Ceballos in contention to feature.

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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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