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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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Brahim, Tchouameni start in a 4-3-1-2: How Real Madrid could lineup against Sevilla

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Real Madrid are set to play hosts to Sevilla this evening, in what could prove to be a critical match in the context of the title race.

Although Los Blancos hold a formidable lead at the top of the table, the club are coming on the back of a disappointing result against Rayo Vallecano.

Dropping more points against Sevilla tonight could prove to be costly, especially with Barcelona and Girona breathing down their necks.

Potential Real Madrid lineup vs Sevilla

As Real Madrid approach this crucial game, coach Carlo Ancelotti has to make several arrangements, especially with so many players ruled out either due to injury or suspension.

Defence

Starting from the goalkeeper position, Thibaut Courtois remains out, which means Andriy Lunin should continue in between the sticks, ahead of the unhappy Kepa Arrizabalaga.

In the right-back position, Ancelotti is likely to opt for Lucas Vazquez, as Dani Carvajal is suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the last game.

On a bright note, though, Antonio Rudiger is back and should return to central defence. He will be accompanied by Nacho Fernandez at the heart of Real Madrid’s four-man backline.

Rudiger to return after a brief spell on the sidelines (Photo by PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP via Getty Images)

Elsewhere in defence, Ferland Mendy should continue to start ahead of Fran Garcia in the left-back position.

Midfield

Moving into midfield, Eduardo Camavinga has been ruled out due to suspension. However, Ancelotti does have a myriad of options in the middle of the park.

Aurelien Tchouameni should continue to operate in the number six position, just behind the two interior midfielders Toni Kroos and Federico Valverde.

Luka Modric is an option on the bench, should Ancelotti require more experience in the middle.

Attack

As for the attack, the Real Madrid frontline should be led by Brahim Diaz once again, even though he faces fierce competition from Joselu.

Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo, on the other hand, are guaranteed choices in the wide attacking spaces, though Ancelotti does have Arda Guler and Alvaro Rodriguez as potential alternatives.

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