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Real Madrid veteran will take a final decision on his future in February

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Toni Kroos’ decision to retire early from the German National Team faced a lot of criticism in the media last year. Though there were reports that he could make a comeback for the Qatar World Cup, he instantly denied any such possibility when asked.

It is clear that the midfielder is very firm on his decision and does not hesitate to stand by it irrespective of the pressure put on him. Now, his future at Real Madrid is in the air and the world awaits an announcement from the player as to whether he will continue to play next season or not.

According to reports from MARCA, Kroos will make his final decision in the month of February and communicate the same with the club. This implies another two months of anxiety in the offices of Real Madrid accompanied by uncertainty over the transfer strategy.

At just 32 years of age, Kroos still has plenty left in his tank to offer and continues to remain an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s setup at Real Madrid.

While one would feel that retirement would normally be out of the equation, the German has always been an advocate of early retirement and is contemplating a departure when his contract runs out this summer.

However, he has previously made it clear that he does not wish to play for another club at this stage in his career. So, if Kroos does not decide to renew with Real Madrid, retirement could very well be on the cards.

If that happens, Ancelotti must look to accelerate the signing of a new midfielder in the summer.

Enzo Fernandez and Jude Bellingham are the top names on the list, but both will come with a massive price tag. The wait till February will be long, but one hopes Kroos chooses continuity over a premature retirement.

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La Liga president says Real Madrid won’t have issues with Mbappe salary, praises Bellingham: “Best in the world”

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Javier Tebas may be at war with Florentino Perez over the Super League, but the La Liga president has always been a vocal supporter of Real Madrid.

Not too long ago, he spoke extensively about Real Madrid’s possible signings of Kylian Mbappe and Alphonso Davies, going as far as to state that the Frenchman might have already signed a deal with Los Blancos.

Speaking at the Football Business Summit in London recently, Tebas once again unravelled many questions about Real Madrid’s financial situations while also touching upon Kylian Mbappe and Jude Bellingham.

On finances and Mbappe

He began by praising Los Blancos for navigating their finances with utmost caution during the crucial years of the pandemic in addition to their splendid revenue generation as revealed by Mundo Deportivo.

“Real Madrid have had a very optimal management, before, during and after the pandemic. Madrid have been earning an average of €30 million per year in the last ten years at least.”

“I don’t know what they are going to pay Mbappé, but knowing their financial situation, they are not going to have a problem paying him. I think it will be much less than what PSG pays him,” he added on the speculated arrival of Mbappe.

Mbappe will soon be a Real Madrid player. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Speaking about how Real Madrid are able to make such massive signings while other clubs in the league continue to struggle to meet La Liga’s spending limits, the league president said,

“They have removed two large salary burdens in recent years, Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale. And then they incorporated players with not-so-high investments.

“Real Madrid have then had great benefits, they achieved a significant reduction in the salaries of the players.”

Tebas further stressed the fact that Real Madrid’s financial situation was so rosy that they could invest massive amounts in squad reinforcements without facing any repercussions for the same. He insisted that it was not a bias in any way but a reward for a team that managed situations well.

“We can’t limit the one who is doing well. According to January data, Madrid could invest €700 million euros in transfers. They will not spend that at all, but the situation is so good that they could.”

Praise for Bellingham

Finally, the Spanish administrator praised Real Madrid star Jude Bellingham for his imperious form this season and went as far as to call him the best player in the world.

“Bellingham is currently the best player in the world, for his fitness and his way of playing. It is very important for us to have the best, even if you don’t always have everyone, to grow and for everything.”

“If we are all honest, he has exceeded everyone’s expectations and we hope that he will continue like this for many years,” he concluded.

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