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.
Bellingham on his special assist in Girona 0-3 Real Madrid: “Been watching Luka every day”
Real Madrid usurped the top spot in the La Liga standings from arch-rivals FC Barcelona as they defeated Girona 3-0 away at Estadi Montilivi.
It was a fine performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s men against Michel’s side, with the returning Jude Bellingham leading the way for his team.
After being benched against Las Palmas in midweek, the England international returned to the starting XI today and turned in yet another Man of the Match display for Real Madrid.
It all started with Joselu opening the scoring just 15 minutes into the game, with Bellingham assisting the goal with a special, outside-of-the-boot pass from the left side, bringing back memories of Luka Modric doing something similar a few years ago.
Talking about that special pass, Bellingham said: “I’ve been watching Luka every day for months. I just want to be creative. It took the pressure off us at the start.”
On the match and the result, the 20-year-old stated that it was a good day across the board for Real Madrid, as he said: “It was an important win. They were doing very well. We made a statement of intent to La Liga. Three goals, a clean sheet….”
It has been a truly remarkable start to life at Real Madrid for Bellingham and expressing how he feels to play for the Merengues, he exclaimed:
“I feel very good. I have freedom of movement and I’m enjoying football. Whenever I put on this shirt I always try to do my best.”
Apart from assisting Joselu’s opener, Bellingham also got his name on the scoresheet in the second period. Talking about his goal, the wonderkid said:
“It wasn’t a very good finish. I could have scored some more, but the important thing is the victory.”
The strike meant that Bellingham now has seven goals and two assists across all competitions for Real Madrid. Reflecting on his brilliant start, he said:
“It’s a good start, not bad. I would like to continue on this path and I won’t always score or assist, but I will always give my best.”
Bellingham’s celebration has been a huge hit, with kids in school, players from other clubs, and many others mimicking it. When asked how his special celebration originated, he replied:
“I don’t know where I first celebrated. I think it was with Birmingham. It’s an inspiration to see kids doing it in schools. It’s a wonderful thing.”