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Real Madrid midfielder sets one condition to renew contract with the club – report

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Toni Kroos is among seven Real Madrid stars whose contracts expire at the end of the ongoing season.

The German veteran has earned legendary status at the Santiago Bernabeu for everything he has achieved since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 from Bayern Munich.

However, with five months left on his contract, there is no certainty over whether he will sign a new deal or decide against an extension, especially considering that Kroos has previously spoken of early retirement.

Amidst this, AS is reporting that there are doubts over Kroos’ continuity at Real Madrid as he has confessed to his inner circle that he will renew only if he knows that he will be a regular starter next season.

The 33-year-old midfielder continues to be an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup and has played 26 times for Real Madrid this term, scoring two goals and setting up four more.

But, the manager did drop him to the bench for the La Liga clash against Athletic Club, indicating that he is willing to put faith in other midfielders like Dani Ceballos and Eduardo Camavinga.

So, it is bound to raise some doubts over the continuity and future of Kroos, especially with Real Madrid also working hard to sign Jude Bellingham in the summer.

At 33, the former Germany international is entering the final phase of his career, but still has a lot to offer to the team. Renewing him by another year would certainly be beneficial for the Merengues.

But whether Kroos would be open to accepting a reduced role in terms of his playing time could hold the key to whether he signs a new contract before next season.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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