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Real Madrid veteran superstar’s continuity at the club beyond 2023 still uncertain

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Toni Kroos has enjoyed a stellar career at Real Madrid. Having signed from Bayern Munich in 2014, the German midfielder has achieved great success in Spain, winning several titles and trophies, that include four UEFA Champions League triumphs.

The veteran pass-master has been critical to the success that Los Blancos have achieved during this period, forming a legendary midfield trio alongside Luka Modric and Casemiro. The latter left Real Madrid this past summer and has been since replaced by Aurelien Tchouameni.

But Kroos and Modric continue to be the pillars of this Real Madrid side under Carlo Ancelotti. However, both the veteran midfielders will see their contracts expire at the end of the season. In Modric’s case, though, a one-year extension is reportedly practically agreed.

As far as Kroos is concerned, however, the situation is far from clear, reports MARCA. The 32-year-old midfielder had been offered a new contract by Real Madrid at the end of the last season, but he rejected the deal as he felt it was not the right time to talk about his future.

The former German international reportedly wants to see how he copes physically and mentally in the ongoing campaign before deciding on whether to prolong his contract with Los Blancos or not.

Previously, Kroos’ agent, Volker Struth has dropped hints that Real Madrid will be the midfielder’s final club. The ex-Bayern Munich superstar himself has hinted that he could consider retiring when his current contract expires.

“I think that 2023 is ideal and deliberately chosen. By then I will be 33 years old. Afterwards, we can sit down and decide together if we want to extend the link for one or two more years. I am completely open to that possibility,” Kroos had said in 2021.

Real Madrid, for their part, will be ready to offer him a new deal should he decide to prolong his partnership with the Spanish capital club. The ball firmly lies in Kroos’ court now and only time will tell whether he decides to continue at the Bernabeu or opts to move on.

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Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report

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With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.

One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.

According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.

Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.

The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.

Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.

Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.

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