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Real Madrid prioritising move for €70 million Bundesliga defender – report



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Real Madrid have very clear intentions heading into the winter and summer transfer markets. They have no plans to sign any player in January, despite ACL injuries to their starting centre-backs David Alaba and Eder Militao.

Nor will they bring in another striker as they believe Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo, Joselu, Brahim Diaz, and Arda Guler are more than enough reinforcement. Not to forget Jude Bellingham, who is essentially functioning as a centre-forward.

Things will be different in the summer, though. Madrid will be hoping to sign a forward, preferably Kylian Mbappe, who is available on a free transfer should he choose not to renew his contract with PSG.

Carlo Ancelotti will also likely demand a centre-back, and if Toni Kroos and/or Luka Modric leave, maybe another central midfielder or two.

However, their focus will be on Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies, as per Jose Felix Diaz (h/t RM4Arab). The Canadian is Madrid’s top priority heading into the summer transfer window, and they will be looking to start negotiations with his camp and the club soon.

Davies’ contract expires in 2025, which Madrid will use as an opportunity to sign him on a discounted price come the summer. Bayern have not opened contract extension talks with him yet, either.

This could likely result in the sale of Ferland Mendy, who has been closing in on the exit door for a while now. The Frenchman is reluctant to stay, though, and wants to prove his worth to the club in the second half of the season.

He will likely end up costing them upwards of €40-50 million, but with the left-back market pretty dry as it is right now, Madrid believe Davies can be the answer to their problems for a few years down the line.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’



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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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