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Real Madrid superstar very happy in Spain – ‘I have found a home outside…’



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The coming weeks could be important for Real Madrid as they look to nail down the future of not only one but three veteran players.

Toni Kroos is among those players having their contract expiring at the end of the season. Real Madrid are working on a deal to extend his contract that could see Kroos stay another season at Santiago Bernabeu.

Toni Kroos is happy in Spain

Amid speculation over his future, Toni Kroos has expressed his delight in Spain and hinted that he would want to continue his ongoing spell.

“I have found a home outside of Germany in Madrid. I am very comfortable here, there are many people who love me and make me happy,” he said (h/t Arancha Rodriguez).

Kroos, who went through a difficult exit from Bayern Munich back in 2014, has enjoyed a brilliant spell at Real Madrid.

During his time at the club, the German has racked up 462 competitive appearances, notably winning four Champions League titles.

Toni Kroos is happy in Spain (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

Kroos’ comments suggest he would like to continue at Real Madrid, even though there were suggestions that he might retire early.

The chances of the midfielder’s prolonged stay at Bernabeu will be reinforced by the fact that Kroos has, in fact, returned from international retirement and will play for Germany in the upcoming European Championship.

As Kroos continues to play at the highest level, there is no reason why he shouldn’t continue at Real Madrid, at least for another year.

Real Madrid, for their part, value Kroos highly due to his experience and leadership, which could be key in mentoring an otherwise inexperienced midfield unit.

In the meantime, the German international will be eyeing his fifth Champions League title with Real Madrid as Los Blancos take on Borussia Dortmund in the final next month.

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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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