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.
Inter Milan star claims he is the best playmaker in the world, ahead of Real Madrid superstar
Hakan Calhanoglu raised many eyebrows in the summer of 2021 when he left AC Milan to join arch-rivals Inter Milan on a free transfer.
It was a move that surprised many, but more than two and a half years later, Calhanoglu’s acquisition has turned out to be a masterstroke from Inter Milan’s end.
During his time at Inter, the former HSV starlet has featured in 125 competitive matches, racking up 23 goals and 24 assists. He has eclipsed his AC Milan numbers, which is quite a feat to achieve.
Calhanoglu hails himself as the best playmaker
Hakan Calhanoglu’s performances have been particularly impressive in the ongoing campaign. The midfielder has been involved in 14 goals this term, including 11 goals.
In light of his performances, Calhanoglu has raised eyebrows by hailing himself as the best playmaker in the world, in a recent interview.
“I’m the best playmaker right now,” Calhanoglu said, shortly after Inter Milan’s narrow 1-0 victory over Atletico Madrid.
Calhanoglu ranks Toni Kroos as the ‘next best’ after him and Rodri
The Turkish international went on to name a few more players who he thinks are the best playmakers after him.
Calhanoglu notably mentioned Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos, stating (h/t DAZN), “After me Rodri, then Toni Kroos, Kimmich and Enzo Fernández.”
The Turk’s decision to add Kroos to his list is highly surprising as the German maestro has been quite important to the Real Madrid team this season.
Even at the of 34, Kroos has remained an integral part of the Real Madrid midfield. His experience and leadership have been crucial in guiding an otherwise young midfield unit.
Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for another veteran Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric.
The Croat is reportedly unhappy with his current role in the first team and is likely to leave Santiago Bernabeu at the end of the season.