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Real Madrid veteran considering coming out of international retirement for UEFA Euro 2024

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is considering making a U-turn on his international retirement and making a comeback with the German national team, reports The Athletic’s Mario Cortegana.

The UEFA Euro 2024 will be played in Germany in the summer this year and the 34-year-old icon is giving serious consideration to the possibility of making himself available for the tournament.

What’s the story?

Kroos announced his international retirement in 2021 after the German national team’s terrible showing during the UEFA Euro 2020, as he wanted to focus on his Real Madrid career.

The 34-year-old hung up his boots on the international stage after earning 106 caps for Die Mannschaft, even winning the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

But with the upcoming Euros set to be hosted by Germany, Kroos is pondering making a return with his homeland for one last dance.

The report states that the veteran icon has a good relationship with current national team manager Julian Nagelsmann. The Germany head coach has already talked about Kroos possibly returning, terming the idea as ‘interesting’.

Kroos’ Real Madrid teammate, Antonio Rudiger, has also talked up the possibility of teaming up with the midfielder again for Germany. And there is now a strong chance that might come true.

Uncertain club future

While Kroos is considering a U-turn on the international scene, the midfielder’s future at Real Madrid remains uncertain.

The 34-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the season and while the club is ready to offer him a new one-year deal, the player is yet to make a decision.

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Real Madrid chief scout surprised over summer signing’s lack of minutes

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Arda Guler was one of Real Madrid’s biggest bets last summer. The youngster joined from Fenerbahce for a fee of €20 million and was regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe.

Many expected Guler to follow the example of Jude Bellingham and become an instant hit at the Bernabeu.

Guler’s struggles at Real Madrid

However, with just one month remaining before the season comes to an end, it is fair to say that Guler has endured a tough season at the Bernabeu.

The Turkish international is yet to even muster 100 minutes of action this season. His progress was largely halted by injuries, but it must be noted that the player has been fit since the start of the year.

Yet, Guler has featured in only 31 minutes of league action, with a goal against Celta Vigo being his most notable contribution.

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Juni Calafat surprised at Guler’s lack of gametime

In light of Guler’s struggles this season, a report from Rodra P (h/t Madrid Xtra) suggests Real Madrid’s chief scout, Juni Calafat, is surprised at Guler’s lack of opportunities this season.

Calafat, who was crucial in unearthing talents such as Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and Federico Valverde, is one of the great supporters of Guler.

But he is surprised with the way Carlo Ancelotti has handled Guler, not giving him enough opportunities to impress.

In fact, Guler’s struggles this season have led many to conspire about his future. A loan move has been suggested and there are no shortage of suitors either.

Ancelotti, for his part, has maintained that Guler is getting better physically. It appears the Italian is practising caution with the youngster, especially given his injury-related struggles during the first half of the campaign.

Following Real Madrid’s win over Barcelona, though, Guler will be hoping for more frequent opportunities in the league, as Ancelotti keeps one eye on the Champions League.

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