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Real Madrid legend opens up on possible retirement: “I’m hungry for titles”

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Speaking in an interview (h/t MARCA), Real Madrid midfielder and icon Toni Kroos has opened up on the possibility of retiring from football, stating that he intends to go out when he is still playing at a good level and not when he is past his best.

Kroos’ future had been a topic of discussion this summer as his contract with Real Madrid stood to expire. But the 33-year-old midfielder renewed his deal for one more year, committing himself to the Merengues until 2024.

Kroos has always maintained that he does not wish to play for any other club after Real Madrid and that he will hang up his boots when he feels his time at the Bernabeu is over.

So, there are speculations that the German international could do so after the next season when his contract expires.

Talking about the possibility of retirement, Kroos said: “There are one or two negative examples, just not being able to quit football when you are no longer the player people have in mind. I don’t want that to happen to me.”

“I want to retire at a really good level.”

Talking about his immediate future, he added: “I have the feeling that this season has gone as well as the last nine in Madrid, why shouldn’t the next one go just as well? I’m still enjoying football and I’m hungry for titles.”

Speaking about his decision to sign a one-year renewal with Real Madrid, Kroos jokingly said: “My wife let me. She allowed me to continue for another year.”

The midfielder also revealed a touching anecdote about receiving a letter from his grandfather after renewing his contract.

“My grandfather wrote to me and said ‘thank you for continuing to play’. It gave me goosebumps.”

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Real Madrid teenage talent faces uncertain future following increase in competition

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Journalist Jordi Gil has reported through SPORT that Arda Guler’s situation at Real Madrid is becoming increasingly difficult. 

This is because Guler is unhappy with the lack of playing time he experienced last season and is determined not to spend another season on the bench.

During the recently concluded Euro 2024, Guler demonstrated his immense talent to the world. This competition gave him the platform to showcase his abilities, which had largely remained unseen during the season at Real Madrid. 

He only featured in a few games towards the end of the season, which were inconsequential as Real Madrid had already secured the league title.

Guler has injuries to blame

Guler’s troubles began early last season when he suffered an injury during the American tour. This setback, combined with the challenge of adapting to a new language and style of football, made it difficult for him to find his footing. 

Although Carlo Ancelotti tried to support him mentally, he did not provide Guler with enough opportunities to play.

Arda Guler wants to have more game time.(Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

The youngest is now determined not to let history repeat itself. He is willing to force a move, possibly through a loan, if he does not get more playing time, even though Real Madrid want him in the first team

This situation could escalate if Guler continues to see himself as the last option in the squad. Milan and Bayer Leverkusen have already expressed interest in him.

Guler is way down the pecking order

Currently, Guler is behind several high-profile players in the pecking order. Stars like Kylian Mbappe, Vinicius Jr, and Rodrygo are ahead of him. 

Additionally, Brahim Diaz has the edge, and in midfield, Guler faces competition from Jude Bellingham. Breaking into the starting lineup seems like an almost impossible task at the moment, even though he proved his worth at the Euros.

Meanwhile, it is said that Florentino Perez has great faith in him. Perez wants to see Guler succeed at Real Madrid, but the challenge now lies with Ancelotti in managing the team. 

Benching established stars to give playing time to a young prospect like Guler could create tension in the dressing room.

Real Madrid have a surplus of attacking options. The arrival of Mbappe has brought renewed hope to Real Madrid fans, but the significant investment in the French star might disrupt the harmony within the squad that Ancelotti has worked hard to maintain. 

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