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Real Madrid ‘crazy’ to renew veteran superstar, expect player to accept offer

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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.

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Real Madrid midfielder set for a change in roles heading into the new season

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Federico Valverde, the dynamic midfielder for Real Madrid, is once again on the cusp of adapting to a new role under the guidance of coach Carlo Ancelotti, reports Mario Calderon for Mundo Deportivo

Valverde’s remarkable versatility has been a key asset for Real Madrid, allowing him to excel in various positions on the field. This adaptability has been crucial for the team, and it seems another transformation is on the horizon for the 25-year-old Uruguayan.

The team chances and so does Valverde

His potential shift in role comes amid changes within the team, notably the reassignment of the number ‘8’ shirt to Toni Kroos. 

The German midfielder’s responsibility for constructing the game will likely be shared among several players to ensure a seamless transition.

Here, Valverde’s ability to quickly grasp new concepts will be a significant advantage for both him and Ancelotti. Even during the current period, with many players still absent, Ancelotti is already strategizing on how to best integrate everyone into the team dynamics without compromising performance.

Federico Valverde might play a different role at Real Madrid next season. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Marcelo Bielsa must be credited

Valverde’s recent experiences with the Uruguayan national team in the Copa America under coach Marcelo Bielsa have further honed his skills. 

Bielsa entrusted Valverde with the captain’s armband and deployed him in a deeper role, where he was responsible for initiating plays from the back alongside his teammate, PSG’s young pivot, Manuel Ugarte. 

This experience has enriched Valverde’s understanding of the game, adding another layer to his already impressive skill set.

As the new season approaches, Valverde will need to re-establish himself in whatever role Ancelotti deems fit—be it as a winger, a pivot, or even a full-back, a position he has previously played under former coach Zinedine Zidane. 

Regardless of where he is positioned, Valverde’s importance to the team is undeniable. His versatility, coupled with his ability to adapt quickly, makes him a pivotal player for Real Madrid’s upcoming campaign.

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