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Real Madrid midfielder wants to retire at the club, has rejected ‘countless’ offers – report



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The fact that Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos wants to retire at a top level is known to everyone. But while the German has his goal in sight, it is putting the Merengues team in a rather difficult situation, to say the very least.

In that regard, if a recent report from Goal Espana (h/t MadridXtra) is to be believed, the 2014 World Cup winner has already rejected countless offers from the Major League Soccer (MLS), Qatar, Saudi Arabia and other European teams.

Kroos, 32, is in his ninth season with Real Madrid, having joined the record European champions back in 2014 from Bayern Munich for a fee reported to be around €25 million. The last time he extended his deal was in 2019 and as things stand, he is set to be a free agent at the end of the ongoing campaign.

Now, Real Madrid have time and again pressed that they want to extend his deal, maybe just for another year, but the player seems to have made up his mind already.

The 32-year-old is of the idea that he wants to retire at a good level rather than play another season where his utilisation will be limited, especially with Los Blancos pushing to sign Jude Bellingham.

And so, if the management is indeed serious about his continuity, they must present an elaborate blueprint of how they wish to get the best out of him in the next season.

In all fairness, Kroos’ extension holds the key to several doors for Real Madrid. To begin with, Dani Ceballos’ deal is also set to expire at the end of the season and the aforementioned outlet claims his continuity depends on what the likes of Luka Modric and Kroos decide.

If the duo ends up leaving/retiring, the management might as well hand Ceballos a new deal.

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Key Real Madrid star will be fit for Valladolid clash despite national team withdrawal



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Real Madrid have been greeted with some positive news on the injury front as goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is expected to be fit and ready for the upcoming La Liga clash against Real Valladolid.

The 30-year-old custodian had flown away for national team duty with Belgium and played the full game against Sweden last week. However, the Real Madrid ace was sent back to the club over the weekend due to a minor adductor strain.

This raised concerns over the former Chelsea star’s condition, especially with a busy period lying ahead for the Merengues.

However, Mario Cortegana of The Athletic has eased any nerves surrounding his situation, reporting that Courtois was subjected to tests upon returning to Spain and there is no reason for worry.

The report states that Real Madrid expect their No. 1 to be fit and available for their next game which will be against Real Valladolid in La Liga on April 2, Sunday.

It is further stated that the knock Courtois sustained was not a new one and that the 30-year-old had felt discomfort in the same area during Los Blancos’ UEFA Champions League Round of 16 second-leg tie against Liverpool at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier this month.

Courtois has featured 32 times across all competitions this term, having missed a few matches due to fitness issues. He has managed just ten clean sheets and will be hoping to add to that against Valladolid, now that is reportedly fit to feature at the weekend.

In another boost, reports earlier today indicated that Toni Kroos does not have any injury after concerns were raised due to the midfielder doing individual training sessions over the past week.

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