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Real Madrid veteran admits it will be difficult to step away from Bernabeu after retirement: “There won’t be countless more of this”



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The new Santiago Bernabeu is one of world football’s finest stadiums. Yet, that does not go on to say that the pre-renovation version of the iconic venue was anything less.

With Real Madrid boasting some of the sport’s finest names and greatest teams over the years, the Bernabeu has witnessed the magic of several magicians. Toni Kroos is one such name that has become one of the stadium’s biggest attractions in the past decade.

Despite the influx of new defenders, Kroos has had a relatively sizeable role to play in Carlo Ancelotti’s dynamics this season. His future and continuity for next season, however, remain under a cloud of doubt.

Speaking to the media in a recent interview (h/t The Madrid Zone), the German star elaborated extensively on his time at the iconic stadium and how he would miss the stadium after his retirement.

“I play football every two weeks in the best stadium in the world. I enjoy every single game I play there. It would be crazy to say that I wouldn’t miss that, of course, I’ll miss it (after retirement),” he began, admitting that it would be difficult for him.

He then went on to describe the atmosphere at the Bernabeu, the feeling of playing in front of thousands of white shirts and the adrenaline rush it gave even the most seasoned players.

“If you enjoy something & like it so much, you’ll miss it. Not even for me, but in general the support for the team. The energy at certain games that we decide at the last minute, the comebacks, at certain moments in a stadium with over 80,000 people.”

“Of course, these are moments you will miss. No one will say that this is not important to them or that you will not miss it when a whole grandstand in the Bernabéu cheers for you. But on the other hand, this does not mean that I always need it every single day in my life to be happy,” he added.

He then revealed how his uncertainty over renewing his contract last season made him cherish every moment at the home stadium even more, though he eventually ended up renewing for another season.

“I decided relatively late last year to extend my contract. If you even have the slightest thought that you might not continue, that I already had that last year, then you try to make the most of these moments. Knowing there won’t be countless more of this.”

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Official: Real Madrid announce starting lineup to face Real Betis



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Real Madrid will sign off on their successful La Liga campaign today with a fixture against Real Betis at the Santiago Bernabeu.

The game, being seen as a final preparation for the UEFA Champions League final against Borussia Dortmund, sees manager Carlo Ancelotti field his strongest possible lineup.

All eyes will obviously be on the retiring Toni Kroos, who bids goodbye to the Bernabeu in what will be his final home game as a Real Madrid player.

The German international starts in the centre of the park alongside Federico Valverde, while Eduardo Camavinga slots in as the No. 6.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid captain, Nacho Fernandez, also starts in what could be his last game at the Bernabeu as well.

Nacho pairs up with Antonio Rudiger in defence, flanked by the full-back pairing of Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy. Thibaut Courtois starts in goal ahead of Andriy Lunin and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Up front, Vinicius Jr. starts in attack, partnering up with Rodrygo Goes. Top scorer Jude Bellingham occupies the attacking midfield role for Real Madrid.

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