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Real Madrid keeping tabs on three midfielders to replace Toni Kroos

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Toni Kroos has marked an era at Real Madrid. Since his arrival in 2014, the German international has won three UEFA Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cups, two La Liga titles and two Spanish Super Cups.

However, as he turns 33 next year, the club is now looking for replacements. Kroos’ contract at Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2023, and he has just over a year left on it.

No contract renewal has been agreed upon yet, and there is large speculation that the midfielder will either leave the club or hang his boots at the end of his current contract.

According to reports from Fichajes, three players have Los Blancos‘ attention to be the German’s replacement at the Bernabeu: Jude Bellingham, Nico Barella, and Youri Tielemans.

Bellingham is considered one of the brightest young talents in football and is one of Borussia Dortmund’s most valued assets.

He is just 18 years of age and already has three goals and seven assists in the Bundesliga this season. Florentino Perez sees the youngster as one for the future, and as a potential replacement in midfield.

The second player is Barella. The Italian has been one of the best midfielders in Serie A across the last 2 to 3 seasons.

This season alone, he has created 13 big chances and averages 1.6 key passes per game. However, the one constraint in his signing is the fact that his contract in Italy runs until 2026.

The final player on the list is Youri Tielemans. The Belgian is one of the cornerstones of Brendan Rogers’ Leicester City and one of Premier League’s finest central midfielders.

Given that his contract ends in 2023, the English side are under pressure to sell Tielemans and are said to be asking for a fee of €25 million.

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Real Madrid to choose between Ancelotti’s trusted lieutenant and Bayern Munich speedster

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Journalist Jose Felix Diaz has reported via MARCA that there is a growing thought within Real Madrid that the team can only accommodate one of Ferland Mendy or Alphonso Davies

Over the past few weeks, Mendy has not put a foot wrong and has rightly earned the accolades of his teammates, the coaching staff and his teammates.

At the same time, though, the prospect of signing Davies is exciting the Real Madrid fans and although the Canadian would indeed bring joy, the team from the Spanish capital is beginning to worry about certain things.

Mendy wants to stay

It is to be noted that the reason why Madrid decided to go for Davies was because Mendy, who has a contract until 2025, did not agree to the earlier contract proposal.

Mendy has managed his career strategically and now, he is seeking a renewal that he previously avoided.

The French defender has made it clear that he plans to stay at Real Madrid as he feels content and respected both on and off the field. Manager Carlo Ancelotti trusts him greatly and wants to keep him.

Ferland Mendy wants to stay at Real Madrid. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Real Madrid recognize that Davies could be a smart acquisition, but they also value Mendy’s versatility and skill.

The financial aspects of a possible transfer will depend on how both full-backs are evaluated in the upcoming Madrid vs Bayern Champions League tie.

Ferland Mendy vs Alphonso Davies vs others

Real Madrid face a decision about their left-back position, as there may not be room for both Mendy and Davies. This is why they feel having both players may not be the best choice.

On the other hand, Fran Garcia is also involved in this situation. He started the season strong but has played less recently.

 However, he has performed well and is content to wait for opportunities, as he still has four years left on his contract. While he wants to play more, he remains patient.

Lastly, the fourth player in the mix is Miguel Gutierrez, currently at Girona, for whom Real Madrid have an €8 million buyback option which could be triggered. Even if it is done, he is likely to be transferred.

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