Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos retired from international football in July 2021, citing that he wants to focus on his club career and spending time with his family.
And now the FIFA World Cup in Qatar is approaching, journalist Amalio Moratalla, via Radio MARCA, has said that efforts are being in Germany for the veteran midfielder to reconsider his retirement and return to the national team for the world event.
“There are efforts in Germany for Toni Kroos to reconsider his position and return to the national team to play in the World Cup,” says Moratalla.
Contrary to the media reports that suggested that he retired from international football due to the World Cup being held in Qatar, the midfielder has always voiced his opinion that the decision was made by keeping his family in mind.
In fact, back when he made the news official, just after EURO 2020, he clearly mentioned that it was something that was clear to him “for a long time”.
And recently he stood firm on his stance and cleared the air by saying that the idea to retire early was to give other players a chance.
“The reasons for my retirement were to spend more time with my family, secondly because now there are players who deserve to play more and I didn’t want to reach the time when they would come and tell me it was better for me to retire. I wanted to decide,” he said.
But regardless of the clear indication, Die Mannschaft are pondering whether or not they can convince the Real Madrid midfielder to come out of retirement mostly because he is still at the top of his game.
For now, nothing is concrete and everything that there is, is a mere rumour, meaning that it is only Kroos who will decide whether or not he will play in the world event.
Benfica have no interest in selling Real Madrid’s midfield target in January – report
Real Madrid’s interest in Benfica and Argentina midfielder Enzo Fernandez is now a well-known fact.
As quoted before, the 21-year-old has a release clause worth €120 million in his current deal and despite strong interest from several suitors, the Portuguese side has no interest in parting ways with the player in January.
The aforementioned information is relayed by transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano, who also claims that Fernandez’s former side, River Plate, also have a ‘percentage of future sale’.
Enzo Fernandez has been one of the breakout stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The 21-year-old has played three games for his national team at the world event and despite playing deep, has returned with a goal and an assist.
Interestingly enough, the 2022/23 season is Fernandez’s first campaign in European football. The midfielder has been with River Plate since 2006 and only moved to Benfica in July 2022 for a fee quoted to be around €10 million plus €8 million in add-ons.
In his debut season with the Portuguese team, he has so far scored one goal in 13 league outings followed by three assists.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid’s interest in the Argentine does not really strike as any surprise. The team from the capital city is anyway looking for a long-term successor to Luka Modric, but as it turns out, Benfica will fight hard to retain their man as they do not wish to sell their asset in January.
From Madrid’s perspective, they are anyway not expected to make any big signing in January as their primary target is still Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. The England midfielder is highly tipped to leave Germany at the end of the season and Madrid are said to be the most likely destination if not the Premier League.
In any way, the fee for Bellingham might as well rise upto €120 million given the interest he has generated across the continent so it will be upto Real Madrid to decide between the two.