Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has said that he has not made any decision over his future, further establishing that even he is unsure if the 2023-24 season is going to be the final campaign of his career.
“Is this season the last of my career? I don’t know that yet. This same time a year ago, I didn’t know my decision either,” the German midfielder said recently (h/t Madrid Zone).
To say Kroos’ words carry weight would be an understatement, especially considering his illustrious career.
The 33-year-old has been a stalwart in the midfield for both Real Madrid and the German national team, amassing accolades and accomplishments that most players can only dream of.
His remarkable ability to dictate the tempo of a game, deliver precise passes, and orchestrate the flow of play has earned him a revered status in the world of football.
Early retirement was always a plan
After retiring from international football in 2021, Kroos has always maintained that he would retire from the sport early as he does not want to be remembered as someone who overstayed his welcome.
“There are one or two negative examples, who simply could not leave football, and were no longer the player people have in their minds,” he confessed back in July. “I don’t want that to happen to me.”
Reduced role this season
This season, the 33-year-old veteran, who has won three La Liga and four UEFA Champions League titles at Real Madrid, has only made one start, which came in a 3-1 win against Almeria.
Eduardo Camavinga’s minor discomfort led to the veteran German getting the starting berth, but the Frenchman replaced Kroos in the lineup against Celta Vigo, indicating that the 33-year-old will have to settle for a squad role.
Hence, it is safe to assume that if it continues like this, Kroos might as well evaluate his options at the end of the season.
Real Madrid midfield prodigy on the verge of signing a contract renewal – Romano
In a big development, Fabrizio Romano is reporting that Real Madrid midfield sensation Eduardo Camavinga is on the verge of signing a new contract with the club.
The French international has been at the club since 2021, when he was signed from Rennes, and has grown into a vital member of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup.
Camavinga’s performances over the past year have been tremendous and the Frenchman is now one of the permanent fixtures in midfield even ahead of veterans like Luka Modric and Toni Kroos this season.
Only final details pending
Camavinga’s contract with Real Madrid runs until the summer of 2027, but the club have been working on offering him a new deal for a while now.
And now, Romano is reporting that the 20-year-old midfield prodigy is on the cusp of penning a renewal, with only the final details of the agreement left to be ironed out.
Camavinga’s new contract is set to come with a wage increase as well as a release clause as Real Madrid wish to ‘protect’ the player and avoid overtures from other clubs.
Key for the present and the future
Romano further outlines that Real Madrid see Camavinga as a key part of the club’s plans for the present and the future.
The 20-year-old midfield sensation loves the Merengues and the club too loves the young talent who has made rapid strides in the time that he has been there.
Some other reports in Spain suggest that Camavinga’s agent is already in the capital city to finalise the renewal agreement.
So, as things stand, Camavinga is set to sign a new contract with Real Madrid with a bigger salary and release clause.
The 20-year-old will form the core of the team for the present and the future along with fellow youngsters like Jude Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, Vinicius Jr., and Rodrygo Goes, among others.