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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 veteran has ‘adopted’ Arda Guler, is mentoring him in training



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The current edition of the Real Madrid squad is full of young talents, who have shown remarkable potential in recent years.

Arda Guler is among the young players looking to make a mark in European football in the years to come.

The young Turk joined Real Madrid earlier this summer, rejecting many other European giants in the process.

Toni Kroos mentoring Guler at Real Madrid

Guler has not enjoyed the best of starts to his life at Santiago Bernabeu, as he is spending a brief time on the sidelines due to an injury.

However, Guler has not stopped working on his characteristics, as he looks to kickstart his Real Madrid career on a positive note.

To that end, the former Fenerbahce starlet is receiving some key support from one of Real Madrid’s midfield pillars in the form of Toni Kroos.

This is according to MARCA, which suggests that the German international is mentoring Guler in his early days at Santiago Bernabeu.

Arda Guler is taking special guidance from Toni Kroos (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Kroos: huge ‘sponsor’ of Guler

The report highlights how Toni Kroos is a huge admirer of Arda Guler. The German had even heaped praise on the youngster from Turkey when he joined the club earlier in the summer.

Guler, therefore, is closely training with Kroos, whose years of experience, composure, and knowledge of football, could help the youngster grow at Santiago Bernabeu.

This fits in well with Carlo Ancelotti’s vision at Real Madrid, as the Italian boss wants youngsters to have room to grow, especially with guidance from some of the older guards in the team.

It is one of the key reasons Real Madrid wanted to stick to Kroos and Luka Modric, despite bringing in Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham in the summer.

Guler, therefore, has the stage set for him to start his Real Madrid career on a strong note. After impressing in training, the next step for the youngster is to make a promising debut, which is just around the corner.

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