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Real Madrid midfielder has ‘change of heart’ regarding renewal, club optimistic now

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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 interested in €60 million-rated Tottenham defender

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Real Madrid are looking for defensive reinforcements in the summer amid question marks over the continuity of captain Nacho Fernandez.

Leny Yoro of Lille has been the top target, with the teenager’s contract with the French club expiring in a year.

However, Lille’s transfer demands are making the possibility of a transfer difficult, which has seemingly prompted Los Blancos to look for alternatives.

Cristian Romero on the radars

Now, ESPN Argentina reports that Real Madrid are interested in Tottenham Hotspur defender and vice-captain Cristian Romero heading into the summer.

In fact, it is even claimed that the reigning champions of Spain and Europe have already asked about the 25-year-old World Cup winner.

Real Madrid eyeing Cristian ‘Cuti’ Romero. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Romero has been with Tottenham since 2021, having initially arrived on loan from Atalanta before the move was made permanent a year later.

The 25-year-old has been a regular fixture in the lineup for the Lilywhites and was even made vice-captain last season by manager Ange Postecoglou.

The centre-half was also a part of the Argentina squad that won the FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar.

Romero’s contract with Tottenham runs until the summer of 2027. Considering how important he is to the team and the duration of his contract, Spurs will demand a hefty sum for him if Real Madrid do make an approach.

Given the Merengues’ reluctance to splash big bucks especially with funds being set aside for Alphonso Davies as well, any move for Romero this summer appears extremely unlikely.

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