After it was revealed that Luka Modric could end his 12-year association with Real Madrid at the end of the season, the immediate focus moved towards Toni Kroos’ future and if journalist Jorge Picon (h/t RM4Arab) is to be believed, the feeling within the management is that the German will stay for at least another year.
Kroos, who turned 34 last month, has less than five months remaining on his contract, leaving his future uncertain. Similar to last year, the German midfielder is once again facing a situation where his contractual status remains undecided.
Despite his obvious incapability to keep the secret, Kroos, along with his family and close group, is considering the possibility of extending his career for another season, something that Real Madrid want as well.
The midfielder will decide his future
It’s no secret that Kroos is the master of his own destiny and he has not shied away from conveying that. At the moment, he has the option to renew, and the ball is now in his court.
At Real Madrid, they want him to stay as they believe he still possesses the ability to contribute to the game despite reaching this stage in his career. At present, Real Madrid are eagerly waiting for a definitive answer from the midfielder.
Last year, he waited until a few weeks before the end of his contract to say he would continue and now, convincing him is getting harder as he has been thinking about retiring soon.
However, in the locker room, there’s more optimism. Instead of a clear no, there’s now some doubt. The coaching staff is making him feel important, giving him a prominent role in crucial matches not to persuade him, but because he deserves it.
It is clear that Kroos does not want to be a squad player. He thought about this last year and is reflecting on it again now. If he stays, it’s to play a lot and be in important moments.
Impending pressure from Germany
Besides deciding on his future with Real Madrid, there’s also the matter of Germany trying to convince him to return for the Euro Cup.
He’s starting to consider it as a last dance with the national team. If he agrees, he wants to contribute to the team’s success and not leave at the first opportunity, unlike the last three major tournaments.
What is certain is that he is determined that Real Madrid will be his last club, and once he leaves, he plans to stay in Spain where he and his family have adapted well. The decisions about his involvement with the German team and renewing with Real Madrid will be made in the coming months.
Real Madrid do not want to pay ‘crazy money’ for top defensive target – Romano
As has been reported by multiple reliable sources today, Alphonso Davies is likely to be on his way to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in the summer.
It has been suggested that the 23-year-old Canadian left-back already has a verbal agreement with Los Blancos over a transfer either this summer or in 2025, when his contract with the Bundesliga champions runs down.
Now, the idea is for Real Madrid to start negotiations with Bayern Munich over a transfer fee so that a mutually beneficial agreement can be reached for the summer window.
Real Madrid will not pay crazy money
Amidst all this, Fabrizio Romano has come out with an update claiming that Real Madrid do not intend to pay ‘crazy money’ to sign Davies from Bayern Munich given that he will be entering the final year of his contract.
The Italian transfer expert claims that Real Madrid have been the preferred destination for Davies for a while now and that the personal terms between the two parties will not be an issue at all.
So, a summer move would now hinge on Bayern Munich’s asking price for their left-back.
Romano states that the Bavarian giants will attempt to tie Davies down to a new contract until May or even June.
But if the left-back, who is demanding hefty wages worth around €20 million, does not agree to sign, they will be forced to sell instead of losing him for free next year.
In that scenario, Real Madrid will be best-placed to sign Davies, although Los Blancos will not go overboard with their spending on the Canadian.