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Real Madrid preparing farewell for iconic midfielder, player does not want to retire yet – report

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Real Madrid have just given clubs around the world a masterclass in squad rebuilding, following the departure of several key players since three-peating the Champions League through 2016 to 2018.

The midfield, especially, has been transformed spectacularly, which was kickstarted after Casemiro’s departure to Manchester United two seasons ago.

They had already prepared for it with Eduardo Camavinga’s signing in 2021 from Stade Rennais for €30 million, followed by Aurelien Tchouameni to replace Casemiro, shelling €100 million for his signing including add-ons.

With Camavinga, Tchouameni finally growing into the team, Toni Kroos in brilliant form, and Federico Valverde also nailing down his position in the starting lineup, Luka Modric has been sidelined to the bench as a rotational player.

Modric on his way out?

The Croatian was hoping to continue at Madrid, but it seems the club have no intention of renewing his contract.

As per a report from Jorge C Picon (h/t MadridXtra), Real Madrid believe that, after 12 years of service, Modric’s tenure at the club is finally coming to an end once this season clocks up. They want to give him a farewell worthy for a player of his stature.

The report also states that Madrid are considering announcing Modric’s departure before the season even officially ends so the player can get a proper farewell reception from the home fans at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He is understandably not happy with his lack of playing time, but prefers to keep a low profile about it. He has not spoken about it publicly, and probably will not, either, as he thinks it will disturb the team’s good morale.

The Croatian has the second-fewest minutes for any midfielder in the team, only above Dani Ceballos, who has barely been used so far by Carlo Ancelotti.

He even decided to stay at the club after being encouraged by the coaching staff and administration, rejecting huge offers from Saudi Arabia, and interest from other big European clubs.

Modric wants to continue playing football

Contrary to this report, though, Jose Felix Diaz has stated that Modric wants to continue playing football and does not want to retire quite yet. He has already rejected the idea of playing in Saudi Arabia.

The reliable reporter opionates that Modric is looking to become the oldest player in Real Madrid history, and for that he would have to continue for another year, even if the idea seems farfetched right now.

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‘Me and Zizou…’ – Toni Kroos teases iconic team-up for Real Madrid Legends team

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that during a recent training session, he bumped into Raul, a former striker and current Castilla manager, who confessed to him that he did not like his decision to retire from the game.

The midfielder added that he would now be interested in playing the Legends match where the likes of Zinedine Zidane, Roberto Carlos and Raul participate. 

The veteran admitted that playing alongside these legends one day would be quite exciting.

“When I left the training yesterday, Raul was outside. He told me that he did not like the decision at first but found something positive because now I’m definitely playing this legends game with him,” said Kroos on his podcast

“He said I had to be there. Me and Zizou playing behind him, Figo on the right, and RC3 (Roberto Carlos) at the back. That could be funny,” he added.

Life after Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos would love to play with Zinedine Zidane. (Photo credit: GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

During the early hours of Tuesday, May 21, Kroos announced that he would retire from professional football after the upcoming European Championship in his home country.

As a result, Real Madrid now have to work on an alternate strategy to plan life beyond Kroos. As suggested before, the Los Blancos are of the idea that at present, there is no one in the market who can fill the void.

On the other hand, though, Dani Ceballos’ chances of staying have now increased. At the same time, there are reports that Joshua Kimmich is being monitored, but nothing seems concrete yet.

For now, Real Madrid are largely expected to rely on the current roster as the likes of Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde and even Jude Bellingham are more than capable of occupying Kroos’ position.

If even that does not work out, the team from the Spanish capital can look into the youth system to rope in a capable alternative.

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