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Real Madrid open to keeping midfield icon for another season, renewal decision up to the player



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There are few better sights in football than seeing Toni Kroos ping switches on a football field and caress the ball gently, with his mere touches creating new passing angles.

Even at the age of 33, Real Madrid are benefiting from his services as the old notion of class never truly fading comes true in the German’s case.

After a season of much speculation, Kroos decided to extend his contract with Los Blancos for one more year.

And now, with the campaign approaching the halfway point, speculation regarding Kroos’ future is once again prevalent.

Kroos’ renewal in the hands of only one man

Indeed, according to Jose Felix Diaz of MARCA, Kroos’ renewal at Real Madrid will depend on him alone. From the club, they are betting on one more season.

The iconic midfielder has already retired from international football but continues to practice his trade at club level.

Most recently, he produced a masterclass against Granada, notching an assist for Brahim Diaz as well. Amidst the abundance of injuries especially, he continues to be a valuable asset.

As such, the club recognises Kroos has more to give and aims to have him within their esteemed ranks for another season.

Still a valuable asset. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

After the 2-0 triumph against Granada, coach Carlo Ancelotti shed light on the importance of Kroos, deeming him irreplaceable even when he is not participating on the field, which is a testament to his significance to Real Madrid.

“The best thing is his orientation and his control; he’s always in the right place when he receives. He is irreplaceable even when he doesn’t play,” he said.

It remains to be seen whether the German is keen on continuing another season, but if the report is to be believed, the club is more than willing to see his continuance.

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Shocking Modric, Vinicius, Cristiano fact makes Real Madrid fans ‘feel old’




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Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid for another season, meaning he will have played more seasons with Vinicius Jr. (7) than he did with Cristiano Ronaldo (6). 

Feeling old yet? We thought so too!

Modric joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2012 after four seasons with Tottenham Hotspur. On the other hand, Vinicius Jr. joined Real Madrid in 2018. 

By the end of the 2023/24 season, Modric and Vinicius will have spent six seasons together. This is the same number of seasons Modric played with Cristiano Ronaldo, who was at Madrid from 2009 to 2018. 

However, with Modric set to stay for another season, he will surpass that, playing more seasons with Vinicius than with Ronaldo, the club’s all-time top scorer.

A new contract for Modric

It is important to note that Real Madrid and Modric have reached an agreement in principle for his contract renewal for another year.

Luka Modric will stay at Real Madrid for another season. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

At 38, Modric’s contract was set to expire at the end of the current season. For a while, it seemed the Croatian star might leave Santiago Bernabeu this summer. 

However, things have changed recently, and Real Madrid have decided to offer him a new contract. 

Interestingly, Real Madrid have also offered a renewal to Toni Kroos with club president Florentino Perez personally involved in the negotiations.

Modric and Kroos will continue

Reports suggest that Modric has agreed to the new proposal, with an agreement in principle now in place. It is also expected that Kroos will accept his offer, meaning Real Madrid will keep both veteran players for another season.

The Croatian was reportedly willing to accept a pay cut and a reduced role in the team to continue playing for Real Madrid. This flexibility may have sped up the agreement process.

His willingness to adapt to a reduced role and accept a pay cut has likely influenced the club’s decision to renew his contract for one more year. 

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