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Real Madrid veteran yet to decide his future despite club’s intention to renew

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Real Madrid boast of some of the best young talents in world football in Aurelien Tchouameni, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Eder Militao among others. Yet, it is the veterans in the team that continue to drive the engine and grind out wins when required.

Toni Kroos is one such long-standing member of the team whose renewal the club deeply desire. According to reports from Cadena SER, Real Madrid want Kroos to stay and sign a new contract but the player has not yet decided on his future.

While the midfielder is just 33 years old, he is already contemplating retirement from the game, which could come as early as the season’s end. It would, however, not be a surprise after his early retirement from the German National Team as well.

A decision from the player is expected by February. A lot rides on the outcome of his dilemma, for his departure would force the Merengues into signing another midfielder in the upcoming market in addition to Jude Bellingham.

The German has been one of the European Champions’ best players this season, not just orchestrating the play but leading from the front. He has been at the centre of every Real Madrid move with no signs of age catching up with him.

In 13 La Liga appearances so far this season, Kroos has scored one goal and provided two assists in addition to creating five big chances. He averages a whopping two key passes per game and plays a big defensive role too.

The current belief in the offices at Bernabeu is that the midfielder will likely renew his deal for a further year. However, only time will tell what is in store for the Galacticos’ midfield.

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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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