It’s no secret that Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is pondering early retirement. The 32-year-old’s current deal with the capital club runs until 2023 and if journalist Sergio Santos is to be believed, the World Cup winner will hang his boots for the good by then.
Santos quotes that Kroos has repeated his intentions to his teammates on many occasions in the past. And while his companions are aware of his peculiar nature, they do not really understand whether to take this seriously or not.
However, as the months have progressed, it seems as if the German will, indeed, stay true to his words. The main idea behind an early retirement for Kroos is the end his career on a high.
Basically, he wants to live the phrase “You Either Die A Hero, Or You Live Long Enough To See Yourself Become The Villain.” At only 32 years of age, it’s fair to say that the German still has a lot to offer, but he does not really want to continue until the time his body gives up.
“I don’t see myself playing at 36,” Kroos mentioned back in 2016 when he renewed his Real Madrid deal. This goes on to show that the decision is something that has not been taken just yet. In fact, it’s been on his mind ever since.
Following Real Madrid’s 3-1 win over Barcelona, manager Carlo Ancelotti was asked whether Kroos will really end his career prematurely, to which the Italian said,
“He knows what we all think: me, the teammates, the club. Nothing more. We don’t need to push him, he’s so serious, so professional… Whatever decision he makes, we’ll be happy.”
It’s not that Real Madrid have made peace with his decision altogether. In fact, they have already offered him a new deal, but Kroos prefers to wait.
Now, waiting does not necessarily mean he would end up renewing. “When this contract ends, I’m leaving,” this is what the World Cup winner has repeated to his teammates in the locker room and the decision will stay intact.
So for now, all Real Madrid can do is to churn everything possible out of the 32-year-old this season. Once that is done, they can start the hunt eventually.
Real Madrid maintain full confidence in Turkish starlet despite injury woes
Arda Guler’s Real Madrid stint has not gotten off to the start he would have hoped to have given the expectation that preceded the transfer.
Having joined in the summer after Real Madrid outbid their competition to win him over from Fenerbahce for a 20-million-euro fee, buzz was high as the winger was expected to slot into the team quite seamlessly, albeit on a rotational basis.
Unfortunately for the 18-year-old, he has been constantly marred by injuries since completing the move.
Reports have stated that after Guler picked up his third injury since his move, Real Madrid have been concerned and want to take things slow with the player to ensure he is fit as soon as possible after an injury to his quadriceps this time.
The Turk is yet to make his competitive debut for the club, and Real Madrid even sacked their medical chief in November, in light of their injury crises since the beginning of the season.
No loan deal for Guler
However, according to Fabrizio Romano in a recent YouTube video, he states that Madrid maintain full trust and patience in the youngster.
Despite his bad luck with injuries, the latest of which he is scheduled to return from after Christmas, the Galacticos have no intention of loaning out Guler to Turkish clubs despite lots of speculation of them doing so of late.
Romano states that Madrid remain firm on not shaking things up too much with the squad, and they want to keep their roster stable, including Arda Guler.
They want to extend their full support and protection to the player as he aims to return to full fitness and finally make his bow for Madrid either by the end of this month or in 2024.