Before the January window rolls in Real Madrid have some important contract renewals to take care of as some of their key players are in the final year of their respective deals. One such star whose current deal runs out at the end of the season is Toni Kroos.
The 32-year-old’s contract stands to expire in 2023 and so far talks over an extension have not progressed as per plans for the club.
But according to SPORT that could change soon as Real Madrid expect Kroos to accept the contract offer that they have tabled for him.
The Merengues are ‘crazy’ to ensure that the 32-year-old former Germany international stays at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the ongoing season.
It is understandable considering how pivotal Kroos continues to be in the scheme of things under Carlo Ancelotti. His importance was clearly visible in the tie against Rayo Vallecano when the midfielder was suspended and Real Madrid looked disjointed and fell to a loss.
With Luka Modric now 37 and Aurelien Tchouameni still getting used to the demands of playing for the Merengues, it is important for the club to retain Kroos.
The 32-year-old, for his part, has not shown any urgency to sign a new deal. However, he has maintained that he intends for Real Madrid to be his last club, meaning he could either decide to retire or pen an extension.
The only condition for Kroos to renew is that he needs to be an important part of the team, which, on recent evidence, he continues to be. After all, the veteran superstar has played in 18 of Madrid’s 21 matches across all competitions, scoring one goal and setting up four more.
Given that he is integrated into the club and the city of Madrid and continues to be a vital part of the side, Los Blancos expect Kroos to extend his contract.
Real Madrid’s academy breakout star was close to signing for Atletico in the past – report
Nico Paz has burst onto the scene at Real Madrid after his recent heroics. The youngster was long hyped as Castilla’s brightest upcoming star, and his performances in recent games prove why.
Paz was the hero when Los Blancos took on Napoli earlier this week. Coming off the bench, he netted Real Madrid’s winning goal with six minutes left on the clock, thus scoring his first-ever goal with the first team.
Turning the clock back
As revealed in a recent update by AS, Paz’s arrival at Real Madrid was by no means a simple operation. It was made possible only through rigorous scanning and profiling done by the clubs scouts in Tenerife.
The youngster, at the time, was the crown jewel of the youth team in Tenerife. He was only 11 years old when the administration established contact with his father, back in April 2016.
It was only then that Real Madrid was made aware of Atletico Madrid’s strong interest in signing the player.
Los Rojiblancos had already made an important offer, and it was thus only Real Madrid’s timely intervention and negotiation that secured Paz’s signing.
An interesting clause
Paz’s entourage were naturally thrilled by the interest from Real Madrid and possible transfer. However, they had one clause that they insisted be met.
The Argentine ace’s entourage insisted that, as opposed to staying in the club facilities, Paz would reside with his family who would move to Madrid with the player. They value the family nucleus dearly and wished to keep the player in his comfort zone outside of training.
Needless to say, the green light soon arrived and Real Madrid won the race of Atletico Madrid. The rest, as they say, is history.