With Real Madrid’s win over Al-Hilal in the final of the Club World Cup, Toni Kroos became the first player in history to lift the famed trophy six times. The German icon has broken several records in the past, but Saturday’s accomplishment truly shows why he will go down as one of the greatest ever.
Unlike his Real Madrid teammate Luka Modric, however, Kroos does not wish to play deep into his thirties and prefers an exit while at the top. His firm stance on an early retirement has thus thrown Real Madrid’s plans of renewing his contract into jeopardy.
The former Bayern Munich man spoke to the media after his team’s win in Morocco and opened up on about the status of his future, as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.
“If there is something official you will know for sure. There are different things that you have to think about if you want to continue or not. I have to be honest. The decision will not take long. At the moment there is no decision, but we are calm because neither party will do nonsense,” he said.
Ironically, Carlo Ancelotti gave a contrasting statement after the win last night, stating that there was no ambiguity left in Kroos’ mind.
“Kroos has already decided everything,” he said.
At 33 years of age, the midfielder can manage to sustain at the highest level for another two seasons at least. His continuity would not only be a big boost for Ancelotti’s plans next season but would also help ease the transition to the upcoming crop of young midfielders.
In 17 league games for the Merengues this season, Kroos has scored two goals and provided two assists. He averages a mammoth 89 touches per game and has created five big chances in the league.
PSG defender could follow Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid in the summer of 2025
As PSG brace for the departure of Kylian Mbappe, it is set to mark a before and after in the history of the French club.
All signs point towards the 25-year-old superstar signing for Real Madrid on a free transfer, with an agreement between the two parties getting closer.
And, it may so happen that another PSG star might follow Mbappe to the Santiago Bernabeu, albeit a year later in 2025.
Hakimi could return to Real Madrid
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, Achraf Hakimi could opt to leave PSG in the summer of 2025 and Real Madrid would be a likely destination for the Moroccan right-back.
Hakimi, a former Real Madrid academy graduate, has enjoyed success in Paris since joining them from Inter Milan.
However, the Moroccan international will enter the final year of his contract in 2025, with the deal expiring in 2026. And, both the player and the club could opt to part ways then if a new contract is not agreed upon.
And a return to Real Madrid could be on the cards for Hakimi. He is a player very well considered by Carlo Ancelotti.
The ex-Inter Milan man would also come to reinforce the right-back position, which currently has Dani Carvajal and Lucas Lucas Vazquez, whose contract expires at the end of the season, but could be offered a one-year extension.
Furthermore, Hakimi would be keen to return to the Spanish capital and would even be willing to reduce his current salary, which is over €10 million net. The lure of playing with Mbappe, one of his closest friends, will also be a major appealing factor.
As for Real Madrid, they need to soon find a long-term heir to Carvajal and a player like Hakimi, entering his prime years and familiar with the club could prove to be a shrewd signing.