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Real Madrid midfielder sends a message to Toni Kroos following retirement

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Friday night was a heart-breaking one for Germany as they were eliminated from the UEFA Euro 2024 at the quarter-final stage by Spain.

Die Mannschaft’s exit from the competition also meant that Real Madrid legend Toni Kroos hung up his boots for good.

The 34-year-old had already announced his decision to retire from the game completely after the Euros and with Germany crashing out, he played the game of his career.

Tchouameni sends a message to Kroos

It was an emotional evening for Kroos as he not only dealt with Germany being eliminated but also came to terms with the fact that he had played the final game of his career.

Well-wishes poured in for the former Real Madrid and Germany midfielder after the game, with his ex-club teammate Aurelien Tchouameni also sending a heartfelt message.

Tchouameni played two seasons with Kroos at Real Madrid and went on to thank him for everything he had done for the game, while also hailing him as one of the best midfielders in the game.

“Toni, thank you very much for everything, it was a pleasure for me to play with one of the best midfielders in the history of football,” said Tchouameni (h/t Abraham Romero).

Not stopping at that, the French international took to social media and posted another message for the now-retired Real Madrid legend, as he wrote:

“Toni Kroos. Just THANK YOU Man.”

Photo courtesy: X

Tchouameni in Euro semis

While Kroos’ tournament might have come to an end last night, Tchouameni’s France advanced to the semi-finals of the Euros after eliminating Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal via penalty shootout.

As such, Tchouameni, along with Kylian Mbappe, Eduardo Camavinga, and Ferland Mendy, will now face off against Real Madrid teammate Dani Carvajal next week when France play Spain in the semi-finals.

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Former Real Madrid defender breaks silence on possible return rumours

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Real Madrid’s left-back situation this summer is filled with intrigue. The futures of Ferland Mendy and Fran Garcia are uncertain, while long-time target Alphonso Davies has yet to be signed.

Amidst this uncertainty, Miguel Gutierrez has emerged as a potential candidate for Real Madrid, with the Castilla graduate impressing during his time at Girona.

Gutierrez opens up about potential homecoming

The 22-year-old left-back departed Real Madrid for Girona in the summer of 2022 for a modest fee of €4 million.

However, as is customary practice with many young academy graduates departing the club, Madrid astutely negotiated a 50% sell-on clause in his Girona contract.

The Merengues also integrated a cost-effective buyback option of just €8 million, making his potential return to the club this summer a stark possibility.

Gutierrez has done well at Girona. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Touching upon the possibility of a return, Gutierrez acknowledged Real Madrid’s buyback option, expressing his lifelong support for the club. However, he emphasized focusing on the present, particularly the upcoming Olympic Games.

“It is true that Real Madrid have a buyback option that depends on them, but I have always been a Real Madrid fan, and it is a pleasure for me to have my name appear there,” he told EFE Deportes.

“But this is something that must be left aside and focused on what matters now, which is the Olympic Games.”

As an underlapping full-back with tremendous qualities in possession, Gutierrez has the potential to offer something different compared to the likes of Mendy and Garcia.

However, it remains to be seen if Real Madrid can get their hands on Davies, as his arrival would likely imperil the Spaniard’s chances of joining.

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