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Real Madrid ‘devastated’ by Toni Kroos retirement decision

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It is the end of an era. Toni Kroos has officially announced his retirement from all forms of football at the end of the upcoming European Championships, and the streets in Madrid are in a state of shock.

The team’s upcoming clash against Real Betis will be the German international’s final La Liga game for Real Madrid, and the UCL final his last-ever appearance with the club’s crest.

Needless to say, the update is almost anti-climactic after reports of a renewal being close even weeks ago.

Real Madrid were informed yesterday

According to an update from The Athletic, Toni Kroos informed Carlo Ancelotti of his decision to retire from football yesterday, much before making the news public.

The officials at Real Madrid are devastated, as are the dressing room and the coaching staff. After all, not many expected it to be the end of the road for the club legend, especially given his high-quality performances throughout the season.

Kroos bids goodbye. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

In 32 league appearances this season, the German star has scored one goal and provided eight assists for Los Blancos in La Liga. Further, he averages a stunning two key passes per game, created nine big chances and recovered close to five balls per game.

Perez speaks out

While the world still reels in shock over the legend’s abrupt decision to retire, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez spoke to the media and showered praise on the departing midfielder.

“Toni Kroos is one of the greatest players in the history of Real Madrid and that this club is and always will be his home.”

With the Champions League final being Kroos’ final dance with the Real Madrid crest, it is only fitting that the player leaves on a high with the club’s 15th UEFA Champions League title. There can be no more fitting tribute.

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France NT growing concerned about Real Madrid star’s fitness ahead of Euros

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Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni is currently with the French National Team in preparation for the upcoming European Championships.

Didier Deschamps and Co. were hoping that the defensive midfielder would make a complete recovery from the stress injury on his left foot in time for the Euros, but his situation does not appear as favourable any longer.

With the commencement of the competition approaching fast, the French setup are worried and must make a decision fast, as revealed by SPORT.

Long time out

Les Bleus are still living in the optimism that Tchouameni will make it back in time for the premier event. With every passing day, however, the Real Madrid star’s availability is looking more distant.

After all, the deep-lying midfielder last played over a month ago in Real Madrid’s UEFA Champions League semifinal against Bayern Munich. Since then, he missed four league games, the UCL final and two friendly games with the national team.

Tchouameni has been injured for over a month. (Photo by INA FASSBENDER/AFP via Getty Images)

Should the Frenchman recover in time, there will be questions raised about his match-fitness and rightly so for 40 days is a very long hiatus in the world of football.

Urgent decision

The medical team of the French national setup have reportedly devised a specific plan to ensure that the youngster recovers at the earliest and is available for the event in Germany.

Deschamps, however, has a critical decision to make as he will not be allowed to make any changes to his squad after the tournament begins. His deadline, thus, is the 17th of June before his team’s clash against Austria.

The manager hopes to recover Tchouameni at all costs and will likely wait until the nth minute before taking a decision.

Should a replacement be required, a UEFA Medical Committee doctor will have to confirm that the injury is indeed as serious as the camp believe.

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