It has been a turbulent few weeks for Real Madrid when it comes to player contracts. The reigning European champions, after all, could be set for a major makeover in the coming summer, with a host of their star players having their contracts expire at the end of the season.
Toni Kroos is among the players facing an uncertain future at the club. But unlike stars such as Luka Modric, who has been courted by Saudi Arabian giants Al Nassr, the German is not facing the prospect of a potential elsewhere.
Rather, Kroos has been reportedly flirting with the idea of early retirement. Despite being just 33, the former Bayern Munich man is considering hanging up his boots, having won almost everything in his decorated career, including five Champions League titles and a FIFA World Cup trophy.
Recent reports had suggested that there is pessimism within the Real Madrid camp over the continuation of Kroos. But as per Relevo, all indications suggest that the German might end up renewing his contract at Santiago Bernabeu.
One of the reasons behind Kroos’ desire to put an early end to his career was the criticism he faced from fans over his performances. It played a key role in convincing him to retire from international football in 2021.
However, Kroos has emerged as one of the most consistent performers for Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti. His contributions were immense last season as he helped Los Blancos secure the Champions League and the league title. He has continued his form even in the ongoing campaign.
Therefore, Kroos could tilt towards another renewal that could see him remain at the Bernabeu until 2024. His prolonged stay at the club could go a long way in helping youngsters such as Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga to mature quickly and eventually become the face of the Real Madrid midfield.
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Real Madrid are leaving no stone unturned in their bid to assemble an even stronger squad for the upcoming campaign.
Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies are the club’s top targets in that regard, for the two new signings will be regular starters and bonafide difference makers on the field for Los Blancos.
The latter, in particular, arrives to reinforce a position where none of Carlo Ancelotti’s current options are convincing. Fran Garcia and Ferland Mendy have both had their hiccups at the left-back position for Real Madrid, leaving the position open for Davies to take over.
A potential departure
As revealed by MARCA, Davies’ arrival next season will jeopardise Garcia’s importance in the team for the Canadian will be the manager’s first choice by a mile.
Moreover, Ancelotti is said to be in favour of renewing Mendy, implying that Garcia will practically be his third choice.
Come summer, Garcia could thus be sold if the club receive an offer that they can make money off. Considering that they shelled out €5 million last summer for his incorporation, any offer north of that mark could do the job.
In 18 appearances and 11 starts in La Liga this season, the 24-year-old has provided four assists for Los Blancos. Interestingly, he has started just one of Real Madrid’s last six games across all competitions.
As revealed earlier this week, Real Madrid have reached a verbal agreement with Alphonso Davies. An agreement with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee could be a difficult proposition, however.
As such, it is unclear if Los Blancos will make the move for Davies this summer at a subsidised fee or wait until next year when the player will be a free agent.
Garcia’s future, needless to say, depends on their plan of action on the Davies front.