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Real Madrid veteran being forced to reconsider international retirement ahead of World Cup

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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.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. Iyke Louis

    November 3, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    If he returns, they should handover the captain’s armband as a mark of respect

    • Aarav

      November 3, 2022 at 3:27 pm

      no they should not, Germany doesn’t owe anything to him, if he comes back it would be for the welfare of the team and that should not be considered any kind of an obligation

    • Biswas kamei

      November 4, 2022 at 2:27 am

      Yes the captain armband should be handover for him if he is playing again as a mark of respect…

    • Anayo

      November 4, 2022 at 4:41 pm

      You are right

  2. Jasim

    November 3, 2022 at 11:04 pm

    Because of nations league he retired early players are humans uefa should consider that

  3. Real

    November 6, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    His position is very demanding and Real Madrid has busy schedule.
    I am afraid he will be burnt out if he is playing in this World Cup.

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‘We will see’ – PSG manager coy on Kylian Mbappe’s future

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Paris Saint-Germain manager Luis Enrique has asked for patience regarding Kylian Mbappe’s future, saying that everyone must wait for the player and PSG to make an official announcement.

Now that the Ligue 1 team has qualified for the UEFA Champions League semi-final, the player is rightly expected to focus on the continental glory, keeping aside his impending move to Real Madrid.

Speaking after his side’s 4-1 win over Barcelona in the UCL quarter-final, Enrique said that he cannot comment on anything unless Mbappe himself releases a statement.

“Let’s wait for Kylian to speak about his future. When Mbappe and PSG will speak in public, we will see,” said Enrique as quoted by Fabrizio Romano.

“It’s like a process. Until Mbappe goes and speaks in public, I’m just here waiting and staying silent,” he added.

What’s going on with Mbappe?

Mbappe’s time with PSG is coming to an end as his contract expires this season, and if reports are to be believed, he has chosen to depart as a free agent.

Reports suggest he is set to join Real Madrid, with rumours of a contract already in place.

Kylian Mbappe scored two goals against Barcelona. (Photo by JOSEP LAGO/AFP via Getty Images)

Now, it was suggested that PSG’s elimination from the Champions League could have hastened the process, potentially bringing Mbappe’s move to Madrid closer. 

However, their qualification for the semi-final, and the chance of facing Real Madrid in the final, mean any official announcement will likely be delayed.

As for the player, he revealed after the match that his future will not change even if PSG go on to win the UEFA Champions League. 

“Playing for the team from my country’s capital is very special, I dreamed of these play-offs when I came to PSG. It’s a great day for the club,” said the forward.

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