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Real Madrid aim to extend veteran star’s contract until 2025, Ancelotti wants him to postpone retirement



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Even though early signs this season suggested that Toni Kroos might have a reduced role at Real Madrid, the midfield veteran has stood out and made himself an invaluable asset for the team, as has been the case for nearly a decade.

The German midfield icon, who will be turning 34 next month, had signed only a one-year contract renewal with the Merengues last season, meaning his deal expires in the summer of 2024.

There has been talk of Kroos calling time on his career once his current contract runs out, meaning this could very well be his final season in football.

Real Madrid want Kroos to continue

But, according to a report from AS, Real Madrid are aiming to extend Kroos’ contract by another year until the summer of 2025.

Kroos began the current season assuming that it could be his last active season, especially if his role in Carlo Ancelotti’s project started to become residual.

And while it is true that the German started the season on the bench, he has once again become a fundamental part of Ancelotti’s plans, helping the team out in a big way especially when injuries have been plaguing the squad.

Kroos has featured in 21 of Real Madrid’s 23 matches, scoring a goal and assisting five more.

The report states that Ancelotti has already told Kroos on several occasions to postpone his retirement for at least another year and to continue at Real Madrid. His teammates encourage him in the same vein after being amazed by his quality.

Kroos’ contract expires in 2024. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and the fans would be happy to see the German icon continue at the club until 2025, but neither the player nor the club are in a hurry to decide his future.

But Kroos’ good relationship with the Real Madrid board will be key in the outcome, as it was last summer.

Hints dropped?

During a chat on his podcast with his brother Felix, Kroos admitted that he is still enjoying playing at this level, which could be a hint at his continuation.

“I always said it was key for me to finish at a high level and not to drag on for three more years. I feel the same desire as I did 15 years ago to win these games (European play-offs) and these titles (Champions League, La Liga…). I’m not tired at all,” he said.

“It still gets on my nerves when we lose games. That’s also important, that the feeling is still there. And I still enjoy football, that’s what I like….”

As mentioned earlier, there is nothing set in stone and no party is in a hurry to make a decision. But Real Madrid and Ancelotti wish for him to postpone his retirement and stay at the club until 2025.

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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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