According to reports in England, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo, Premier League teams such as Manchester United, Chelsea, Manchester City, Newcastle United, and even West Ham United are closely monitoring the situation of Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.
Kroos, 33, is set to conclude his contract with Real Madrid in June 2024, and since there is no news of any extension per se, his future has attracted the keen interest of the aforementioned Premier League teams.
As such, the outlet even claims that Newcastle might make a move for the German in January to fill the void left by Sandro Tonali, who has been handed a ten-month suspension for involvement in illegal football betting.
Real Madrid ready to leave it on the midfielder
At this moment, neither the player nor the Los Blancos are putting their minds into the extension.
In fact, the club is ready to give Kroos the freedom to select his future path, following a similar approach to Modric and other experienced players.
On the other hand, it must be noted that the German midfielder has consistently expressed his inclination towards not extending his playing career significantly, leaving open the possibility of retirement after parting ways with Real Madrid.
“There are one or two negative examples, who simply could not leave football, and were no longer the players people have in their minds. I don’t want that to happen to me,” he had said in the past.
A mainstay with a reduced role
Kroos has been one of the most vital members of the Real Madrid team over the years.
However, the current season has seen his game time reduced due to the emergence of young players such as Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and even Jude Bellingham for that matter.
There were questions about his future during the summer transfer window as well but after much consideration with manager Carlo Ancelotti, he decided to extend his stay for another year.
Right now, although the player is calm, any decision regarding his future is only expected to be made towards the end of the campaign.
Real Madrid youngster in line for significant minutes against Granada – report
Nico Paz was long hyped as Real Madrid Castilla’s brightest upcoming star. The media constantly kept the spotlight on the young Argentine through pre-season as he made a strong impression under Carlo Ancelotti in preseason.
His breakthrough eventually arrived, courtesy of Real Madrid’s injury crisis. He has now made two appearances for the team in La Liga and the UEFA Champions League and even recorded his first goal for the club earlier this week against Napoli.
Taking his chances
As revealed by AS (h/t The Madrid Zone), Paz has impressed management with his cameo against Napoli and will be called up for Real Madrid’s clash against Granada tomorrow.
In fact, there is a good chance he sees significant game time on the night.
After all, Ancelotti is without the likes of Luka Modric, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga in the middle of the park.
With Toni Kroos, Dani Ceballos, Federico Valverde, and Jude Bellingham filling the starting spots, Paz serves as the manager’s first-choice backup off the bench.
Paz voices his elation
Paz’s introduction against Napoli changed the texture of the game, and it was only poetic that he got the goal that put Real Madrid ahead again on the night.
Speaking to the media after his special night, the Castilla star did not hold back on his emotions.
“This is a dream. For a moment I didn’t even believe it. Very happy to be able to help the team. I dared. I was in automatic mode, I didn’t even know what I was doing. I hit it and well.”
“This is also a message for the other youth players: it is possible to get there. Ancelotti congratulated me, and the whole staff. They are an incredible group and I want to thank them all,” he added, urging his Castilla teammates to keep pushing.