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Real Madrid superstar pondering the idea of retirement, wants to ‘go out on top’ – report

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As veteran midfielder Toni Kroos continues to refuse to enter into contract negotiations, Real Madrid are beginning to realize that he might hang up his boots for the good by the end of the season, which is when his ongoing deal with the club expires.

Kroos, 32, joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2014 and has been a loyal servant of the team ever since, playing a big role in as many as three La Liga and four UEFA Champions League triumphs.

However, as reported by Spanish publication Diario AS, on their YouTube channel, Real Madrid are beginning to hear that the midfielder could retire at the end of the season which is why the name of Joao Gomes of Flamengo has come to light.

As reported by the aforementioned outlet, the midfielder’s idea behind considering retirement is to end his career on top rather than continuing until his body gives up. It is believed that he does not want to play past the age of 34.

Furthermore, he also wants to open up space for the new generation and stepping aside will create a path for the young talents to get into the starting XI rather easily. This way, the talents in question will have great exposure which will be equally good for their progression.

The 32-year-old, who has made more than 40 appearances for Real in each of his last eight seasons, is still a vital member of Carlo Ancelotti’s blueprint. However, should the midfielder decide to call it time on his career, Real Madrid are expected to go for Flamengo’s Joao Gomes.

The 21-year-old is expected to cost a sum of €60 million. But Liverpool are also said to be monitoring his situation and are serious about landing the Brazilian prodigy.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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