Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is one of several players whose contract expires at the end of the ongoing campaign. It has led to speculations over his future, as the German is yet to make a decision on his next move.
Amidst this, Fabrizio Romano has issued an update on Kroos’ situation, stating that the 33-year-old has no intentions of playing for any club other than Real Madrid.
The veteran German ace is not talking to any other teams at this point and is clear that either he will continue at the Santiago Bernabeu beyond the current season or retire for good.
Kroos has always maintained that he intends to call time on his career at Real Madrid and has spoken about wanting to retire on a high.
If he were to continue beyond the current campaign, the former German international wants to have a prominent role in the team under Carlo Ancelotti, which could be tricky, especially with Los Blancos planning to rope in Jude Bellingham in the summer.
In a recent interaction with media, Kroos claimed that the decision was not far away and he was going to make a final call on his future soon, saying:
“If there is something official you will know for sure. There are different things that you have to think about if you want to continue or not. I have to be honest. The decision will not take long. At the moment there is no decision, but we are calm because neither party will do nonsense.”
Real Madrid, for their part, are ready to hand him a one-year deal and are waiting for the midfielder to decide his next move.
It remains to be seen what the former Bayern Munich superstar decides. For now, what is clear is that Kroos will either continue at Real Madrid or retire this summer. A move to a different club is not an option.
Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla
Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.
Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.
Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.
Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla
As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.
Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.
In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.
On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.
Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.
Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.
Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.
Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.
As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.
Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.