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Real Madrid veteran opens up about his decision to come out of international retirement: “Not a saviour”



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Toni Kroos’ decision to retire from the international stage early was heavily questioned, and rightfully so. After all, the German maestro was at the peak of his powers when he announced his decision to leave the National Team in July 2021.

Now, just under three years later, the veteran has announced on his social media that he will return to the German setup after a long hiatus for the upcoming European Championships.

It will be a special tournament for the in-form Real Madrid star, considering that it will be held in his own country.

Speaking to the media after announcing his decision earlier today, Kroos elaborated on how his conversation with the manager, Julian Nagelsmann built up and the process of reaching his final decision.

“Julian contacted me and asked me if I could imagine it, which wasn’t in my mind until then. We agreed I would take the idea with me and see what happens.”

“I’ve thought about the idea: What if so? What if not? With every conversation, without going into too much detail, I became more and more convinced. That’s why I wanted to decide in good time so as not to keep anyone waiting,” he added.

Speaking on how he felt about returning to the National Team with which he has even conquered the World Cup, the Real Madrid maestro did not hold back on his happiness and revealed that he hoped he could spark the turnaround they needed.

“I’m very, very happy with my decision. It took me a while to be certain. Of course I want to help. But I’m definitely not the saviour either. I’m just a cog that meshes with the others to hopefully make it work. I know the boys, I know the players, all of them have great qualities.”

Finally, Kroos opened up on his physical fitness and what he felt he could contribute to the National Team in the coming months.

“Now it’s time to show that as a team. I still feel good and physically ready to do it without any problems. The fact that I’m needed for the tournament in my country is an incentive.”

Source: Einfach mal Luppen podcast

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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.

Looking for that one chance (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

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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