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Real Madrid icon has rejected an offer from Saudi Arabia to stay for one more year – report

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Having lured Karim Benzema away from Real Madrid, Saudi Arabia are making attempts to tempt more legends away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Luka Modric has received a lucrative two-year contract offer from the Middle East, which he is understood to be seriously considering.

Now, Sport BILD (h/t AS) is reporting that Modric’s fellow midfielder Toni Kroos has also received an enticing offer from the ambitious Saudi Arabian football project.

However, the former German international has respectfully declined the offer from the Middle East country as he wishes to remain at Real Madrid for one more year.

Kroos’ current contract with the club expires on June 30, but it has long been reported that the 33-year-old has agreed a one-year renewal with the club.

An official announcement from the Merengues is yet to arrive, however, which left the door open for Saudi Arabia to try and make an approach for Kroos.

But, the former Bayern Munich midfield mainstay has no intentions of leaving Real Madrid at this point and wishes to remain at the club for one more season.

Despite his advancing years, Kroos continued to be a key part of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup last season, featuring in 52 matches across all competitions, in which he produced a return of two goals and six assists.

And even though Jude Bellingham is bound to arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu this summer, Kroos’ role is unlikely to diminish given the trust that Ancelotti puts in the experienced midfielder.

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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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