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Real Madrid have new contract ready for midfield superstar

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Toni Kroos has been a subject of speculation recently over his future at Real Madrid. With the midfielder’s current contract at Santiago Bernabeu expiring at the end of the season, it is uncertain whether or not he will continue beyond 2023.

Real Madrid, for their part, are keen on extending the German’s contract as he has continued to play at the top level and can still continue for at least two or three more years.

A recent report from Fabrizio Romano (h/t Madrid Xtra) has offered an update on Kroos’ situation, suggesting that Real Madrid have prepared a new contract offer for the former Bayern Munich starlet, in their attempts to tie him down to a new deal.

Although the details of the new deal have not been mentioned, it will presumably be a one-year extension given the fact that Real Madrid have a strict policy not to offer players over 30 more than a year-long contract extension.

The Whites are hoping Kroos to continue one more year at Santiago Bernabeu as his leadership, experience and composure in the middle of the park have been integral to the club’s success over the past eight years.

Kroos has indeed featured in almost 400 competitive matches for Real Madrid and remains one of the best midfielders in Europe. His continued presence in the midfield could go a long way in not only helping the club retain its success but also guiding younger individuals such as Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni.

In the event of Kroos declining the contract extension, however, the German is expected to retire, rather than move elsewhere to continue his career. The midfielder had notably announced his retirement from international football last year, shortly after the World Cup.

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Barcelona find legal precedent to replay El Clasico after ‘ghost goal’ controversy

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Barcelona’s recent defeat to Real Madrid in El Clasico appears to have caused calamity inside the Catalan camp.

The defeat has effectively ruled Barça out of the title race while further diminishing the chances of Xavi staying at Camp Nou.

Amid all this, Barcelona president Joan Laporta appears to be having a hard swallowing the result and has gone on a rampage against the use of VAR, which notably annulled a goal from Lamine Yamal after it was cleared from behind the line by Andriy Lunin.

A day after the result, Laporta even warned that Barcelona might seek legal measures to try and replay El Clasico if they find any evidence of wrongdoings. And that statement could now soon turn into reality.

Barcelona consider legal measures

According to Cadena SER, Barcelona are considering legal action under the guidance of none other than Laporta to force a replay.

Their inspiration? An incident earlier this year in the Belgian League, where a VAR error led to the permission for a replay of an Anderlecht vs Genk match, although the decision was later annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).

Joan Laporta ready to take legal measures. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

CAS is the apex body for all things related to sports. And although the entity was involved in annulling the replay between Genk and Anderlecht, Barcelona are hopeful they would intervene in this matter.

The Catalans are aware that local bodies such as RFEF and CTA might not cooperate with Barcelona, knowing the image and prestige of Spanish football could be at stake.

As such, Barça are hopeful of intervention from CAS. They want the apex court to look into the matter and stage a replay of the Clasico.

Barca’s threats of legal action, including potentially involving the CAS, seem like a desperate attempt to try and remain in the title race – the only avenue for silverware left for the Catalans this season.

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