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Real Madrid midfielder advised against international retirement U-turn for Euro 2024

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Talks of Germany recalling Toni Kroos for the upcoming Euros has been going around for a while now. The Real Madrid star announced his retirement from international football in July 2021, but it is not ruled out that he will return for one last dance for the Germany-based tournament.

The player, however, is reluctant to return to the national setup. He does not wish to interfere with the playing time of up-and-coming players and more importantly, wishes to focus on club objectives.

Notably, the German National Team is currently at one of its lowest points in recent history. They have lost six of their last ten matches across competitions and are far from favourites for the upcoming Euros.

Speaking to the media recently, former Germany star Stefan Effenberg gave his two cents on Kroos’ potential return to the German National Team, its pros and cons. He began by addressing what the midfield legend would bring to the table from a sporting perspective.

“Kroos return? From a sporting point of view, it would undoubtedly help the team immediately and provide it with stability. He has been performing at a very high level for years and continues to do so at Real Madrid.”

However, the German legend went on to advise Kroos not to return to the National Team and elaborated on why he felt so.

“However, things are not going well for Germany and a return could ruin a little of what he has achieved with the national team.”

“If you miss a tournament like this at an advanced age, it may give you one or even two more seasons in your club,” he added on the other benefits Kroos could reap.

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Real Madrid send ultimatum offer for Alphonso Davies, comfortable with three existing players

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A recent report from Defensa Central has revealed that Real Madrid are interested in signing Alphonso Davies from Bayern Munich, hoping to secure the deal for a fee between €30 million and €35 million.

Currently, Real Madrid’s main focus is on their upcoming Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund. 

As a result, they have not been concentrating much on their summer transfer plans. However, despite this distraction, their interest in Davies has been reignited, marking another step towards bringing him to Madrid.

It is said that Davies remains a key target for Real Madrid and the club is strategising to make a move for him, believing that the time and situation are on their side. 

It is to be noted that Davies’ contract with Bayern Munich ends in 2025, and there are no indications that he plans to renew it. Real Madrid are banking on this uncertainty to pressure Bayern into selling him.

Bayern ready to part ways with Davies

It is said that Bayern have made their stance clear regarding Davies: he must either extend his contract or be sold this summer. 

Davies has not yet made his decision known, although Bayern suspect he is leaning towards leaving. He hasn’t responded to their offer of a salary increase, which would pay him around €13 million gross per year. 

Real Madrid are still interested in signing Alphonso Davies (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Bayern are unwilling to raise their offer and are keen to resolve this situation quickly to plan for the next season.

Real Madrid are loving this drama

As days pass, Davies’ market value decreases slightly due to his inconsistent season, marked by injuries and patches of poor performance. 

Bayern are under pressure to sell him to avoid losing him for free later, which has led to a reduced asking price. 

Real Madrid are aware of this situation and remember Davies’ impressive performance in the second leg of the Champions League semi-finals at Santiago Bernabeu, where he scored a spectacular goal.

Real Madrid are in no rush

For now, Real Madrid are aiming to sign Davies for as little as possible within the €30 million to €35 million range. 

They are in no rush since they already have two capable left-backs in their squad—Ferland Mendy and Fran García—and are considering buying back Miguel Gutierrez. Thus, securing a new left-back isn’t an urgent need for them.

Nonetheless, Real Madrid are committed to acquiring the Canadian star. Their scouting team has long recommended him, and negotiations have been ongoing since last summer. 

There is already a verbal agreement between Davies and Real Madrid, indicating that the club’s interest is serious and well-planned.

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