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Real Madrid veteran’s mother comments on his future: “In the end, he has to be happy”

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Despite being all of 34 years old, Toni Kroos does not appear to have aged one bit on the field. The German star is equally as influential on the field now as he was ten years ago, and there are few who can boast of similar prowess on the field.

Talks of his retirement and departure at this juncture, thus, appear unfair. Yet, one knows that Kroos is not one to shy away from stepping away early as he did so on the international stage.

Kroos’ entourage comment on his future

The veteran superstar’s contract with Real Madrid runs out in the coming June, a situation that mimics his position last season.

After pondering for a while, he opted to continue but only for one year and insisted that he would make his decision over his future after judging his sensations and importance.

Now, less than five months remain and the player is still undecided. He continues to be one of Ancelotti’s mainstays in midfield, and Los Blancos are optimistic that they can get the deal over the line.

Earlier this week, the player’s mother Birgit Kämmer, revealed that there were many parties hoping for him to extend by another year at least.

However, she left the decision to her son himself speaking on the Einfach mal Luppen podcast recently, saying,

“His renewal? That would make his coach, his teammates and I think Leon (his son) and many others happy too. But in the end, he has to be happy, so he decides. He will decide what he wants and we will accept it, that’s all.”

A second pressure

Apart from the pressure on his shoulders to decide his club future, Kroos has an additional decision to make on the international front.

With the upcoming EUROs scheduled to take place in his country, Germany, the German National Team has been asking him to make an international return for one last dance.

The hosts are far from favourites if their recent form is anything to go by. Yet, watching the magician don the special jersey once again could just be what pushes the team to excellence amidst adversity.

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Ancelotti considering playing a makeshift centre-back pairing for Real Madrid against Valencia – report

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Real Madrid will take on Valencia on Saturday, looking to maintain their solid lead at the top of the league table.

The Spanish giants are leading the standing with a six-point lead over Girona. A win against Valencia could help them solidify their position at the top while potentially opening up an opportunity to extend the lead to more than six points.

Heading into this game, though, Carlo Ancelotti is facing multiple setbacks, especially in the defensive unit, with Eder Militao, David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois still missing due to injuries.

This will once again put pressure on Ancelotti, as far as the team selection is concerned.

Rudiger & Tchouameni to partner at centre-back vs Valencia

Fortunately for the Real Madrid coach, much of his experimentations this season have worked, including Aurelien Tchouameni’s supreme performances at centre-back.

With that in mind, Diario AS reports Ancelotti is considering playing a makeshift central defensive pair against Valencia, comprising Antonio Rudiger and Tchouameni.

Ancelotti to go with a makeshift central defensive pairing vs Valencia (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

This is not the first time the young Frenchman will have to accompany Rudiger at centre-back. He did so earlier in the year when Real Madrid took on RCD Mallorca.

Interestingly, Real Madrid were able to retain a clean sheet, with Rudiger scoring the winning goal, in a narrow 1-0 victory.

What are Ancelotti’s other options?

Ancelotti will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. However, it must be noted that the Italian will be boosted by the return of Dani Carvajal from suspension.

The veteran Spaniard can be an option at centre-back. But given the way how Tchouameni has impressed onlookers with his performances at centre-back, there is very little reason why he shouldn’t continue in the position.

Tchouameni has even been compared to Javier Mascherano by former Spanish coach Roberto Moreno.

Other than Carvajal, though, Nacho Fernandez is another option for Ancelotti. But the veteran defender is suffering with discomfort and Ancelotti has no plans to risk it.

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