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Real Madrid superstar remains undecided on his future

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Real Madrid came away with a 2-2 draw from their first leg of the UEFA Champions League semi-final first-leg contest against Bayern Munich last night.

Vinicius Jr. was the star of the show for the Merengues on a night when Jude Bellingham failed to step up.

Another top performer for Real Madrid on their visit to Germany was Toni Kroos. Returning to his former home, the veteran midfielder dished out a fine display, even setting up Vinicius with a sublime assist for the first goal on the night.

Kroos once again showcased that despite getting older, he continues to remain absolutely top-class and can contribute in a big manner for Real Madrid.

Given his contract expires at the end of the season, there has been some speculation over his future, although those within Real Madrid take his continuity for granted.

But, Kroos, speaking after last night’s game, refused to give anything away as far as his future is concerned, stating that he is not thinking about it at this point.

“I’m in a good moment. I want to win as much as possible this season and I’m not thinking about the future,” he said.

On the 2-2 draw against Bayern Munich, he added: “The result is good enough for both of us. We had some good moments and some not so good moments, it’s normal in the Champions League semi-finals.

“If they score in the first 15 minutes it seems normal but they score when we are in control. We’ve given our all here and now we’re going for the second leg.”

Still going strong. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

With the second leg set to be played at the Santiago Bernabeu next week, Kroos hopes that it gives Real Madrid an advantage, as he said:

“Hopefully it’s an advantage to play at the Bernabéu. Normally it is, but we have to do it again.”

On his assist to Vinicius’ opener on the night, Kroos opted to give credit to the Brazilian and his intelligent movement, saying:

“There’s a lot of credit to Vini. I saw that their centre-back follows Vini, I knew him and I knew he was going to go into space. The move he has made has been important.

“If you have players like Vinicius it gives you the possibility to do these things. He’s quick and clever.”

Kroos also refused to get drawn in on the speculations regarding Kylian Mbappe’s arrival at Real Madrid, as he said: “It’s the future. He’s not going to be joining for the return leg, so it’s not my concern.”

When asked if he thought Vinicius was the best player in the world right now, Kroos replied:

‘I don’t know, it’s difficult. It can change every week or every two weeks. Vinicius for sure is one of them, and we have more. A week ago people were saying it was Jude [Bellingham], now it’s Vini….”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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Real Madrid midfielder issues fitness update ahead of UCL final – ‘It is very difficult’

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Real Madrid officially played their final game of the league season this past weekend and the focus now shifts to the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund on June 1.

The Spanish champions have the glorious opportunity to secure their 15th Champions League title this on Sunday.

But heading into this clash, Real Madrid are likely to miss out on the services of one of the key players – Aurelien Tchouameni.

The Frenchman will likely be ruled out for the UCL final due to an injury incurred earlier this month.

Tchouameni on UCL final

Speaking ahead of the final, Tchouameni admitted that it would be very difficult for him to participate in the UCL final.

“I can run, I think it is very difficult to play in this final and we have more players who can be in my position. The important thing is that we are going to win this Champions League,” Tchouameni said.

Tchouameni is certain to miss UCL final (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

The Frenchman added that he would try to help the team any way he can, stating, “If I can be the MVP from the bench, I’ll do it.”

Considered by many as the future of the Real Madrid midfield, Tchouameni has played a valuable role in the middle of the park this season.

His versatility, coupled with his ability to spread the play and put pressure on the opposition have served as key to Real Madrid’s success.

Although Tchouameni might not feature in this final, the player expressed his optimism about the Real Madrid team, adding, “I really want to play in this final, but I’m sure we will reach more finals [in coming years].”

Finally, Tchouameni expressed his happiness at Real Madrid, stating, “It’s an incredible feeling to be at Real Madrid.”

Formerly of AS Monaco, Tchouameni has featured in 88 competitive matches since joining Real Madrid in 2022. With Toni Kroos retiring, he is expected to play a crucial role for the club going forward, although not necessarily in the upcoming Champions League final.

Source: RMTV

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