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Real Madrid legend rejects offers from Manchester City and Bayern Munich – report

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Toni Kroos is one of many players facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as his current contract at the club expires at the end of the season.

Real Madrid have made attempts to convince the midfielder to sign a one-year contract extension, but the player has rejected the advances so far. It appears he wants a little more time in finalising his decision on whether to continue at Santiago Bernabeu.

According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Toni Kroos has had offers from other clubs as well. Bayern Munich and Manchester City are among the clubs to have contacted and explored the possibility of signing the veteran midfielder next season.

But the report suggests Kroos has rejected both proposals. He is not keen on moving away from Santiago Bernabeu. And it stands, his decision lingers between a prolonged stay at Real Madrid or announcing an early retirement.

Kroos has vowed to come up with a final decision during the World Cup break. He is well aware of the fact that Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti rates him highly and wants him to become a part of the team next season as well.

This may play a key role in convincing the German to extend his stay at Bernabeu for at least another year before he hangs up his boots.

Formerly of Bayern Munich, Kroos had been a part of the Real Madrid side since 2014. During his time at the club, he has featured in 383 competitive appearances, helping the Whites secure five UEFA Champions League titles and three Spanish league titles.

Kroos’ extraordinary tally may only improve by the end of the season, as Real Madrid looking to defend their Champions League and La Liga titles. A treble could be on the horizon, as the team will take part in the Copa Del Rey as well.

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  1. Jeremy Poynton

    November 26, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    The oldest player City have bought in some time was 27. Fine player, but it’s United who buy over 30 players in search of a final payday.

    Next?

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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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