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Real Madrid veteran willing to sign new contract until 2024, will make final call in June
According to Tomas Gonzalez-Martin on El Debate, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is ready to sign a new contract with the club until 2024, but has asked the club for time until June to make a final call.
The 33-year-old is in the final year of his contract with Real Madrid and is yet to pen a new deal, meaning he will be a free agent at the end of the season. While he is unlikely to join a new team, there has been talk of early retirement surrounding the German.
As per the report, Kroos was offered a one-year contract renewal by Real Madrid last year itself. But he opted to hold off on making a decision as he wanted to see how prominent of a role he will play in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.
The midfielder would consider continuing at the club only if he is an important cog in the scheme of things under the Italian tactician.
While Ancelotti has opted to rotate Kroos and Luka Modric more freely this term than in the past, the veteran duo continues to remain key elements in the squad.
Having understood that, Kroos is now willing to pen a new deal that will see him continue at the Santiago Bernabeu until the summer of 2024.
However, the former Bayern Munich superstar has requested the club time until June to announce his decision as he wants to be certain that the current plan of him playing in a constant rotation continues through the rest of the season.
Ancelotti, for his part, has always maintained that he continues to see Modric and Kroos as key cogs and starters in his setup. And, even though Real Madrid are planning to sign Jude Bellingham in the summer, the German will still have a role to play.
So, as things stand, a renewal for another year seems likely, but Kroos will wait until June before penning the deal.
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Real Madrid held talks with Thomas Tuchel before he signed for Bayern Munich
Before he was hired by Bayern Munich as the direct replacement for Julian Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel was closely linked with a move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
The German tactician had kept a close eye on the development at Santiago Bernabeu, especially with coach Carlo Ancelotti facing immense pressure following the club’s poor performances in domestic competitions.
A recent report from Jorge Picon has offered more details on the Tuchel saga, suggesting that the coach was even learning Spanish during his time at Ibiza, anticipating a potential move to Real Madrid at the end of the season.
There were even contacts made between Tuchel’s entourage and Real Madrid. Although the talks were positive, the two sides were not able to reach an agreement.
Real Madrid did not guarantee him the job. They had informed Tuchel that Ancelotti may continue at the Bernabeu in the event the club win the UEFA Champions League this season.
This bit of uncertainty played a critical role in convincing Tuchel to join Bayern Munich instead. The former Chelsea boss was hired as a direct replacement for Nagelsmann, who was sacked after a poor season in the Bundesliga by the club’s high standards.
However, Tuchel’s move to Bayern appears to be a missed opportunity on the German’s part, as Real Madrid have recently intensified their search for a new manager.
It is clear that the club’s hierarchy is yet to reach a consensus over the future of Ancelotti, with some believing that a change is necessary come the end of the season. In fact, the club’s president Florentino Perez has been an admirer of Tuchel’s compatriot Nagelsmann.
The coaching prodigy is one of the candidates to replace Ancelotti in the summer, though it is Mauricio Pochettion who is reportedly leading the race so far.