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Real Madrid will offer extension to veteran midfielder if he wants to continue

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Media and fans have speculated the change of guard in Real Madrid’s midfield for years now. Yet, the topic was always dismissed as an event of the distant future.

The same cannot be said anymore. Luka Modric is set to take part in what could be his final season at the club, while Casemiro’s long-term replacement has already arrived in the form of Aurelien Tchouameni.

Sergio Santos provides an update on the future of Toni Kroos. At the moment, Los Blancos know that the chances of the German continuing at the Bernabeu for one more season are bleak.

However, Real Madrid also know that Kroos could change his mind if he maintains his world-class level in the upcoming season. The cards are now in the player’s hand, and a new contract will be offered to him if he wishes to continue.

The World Cup winner has been vocal about the longevity of his playing career for a long time now. Kroos is not the biggest fan of playing late into his thirties, and his retirement from the national team shows his intention.

The midfielder will be 33 by the time his contract with Real Madrid runs out next season. Knowing well that the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Federico Valverde, and Tchouameni are knocking on the doors, he could choose to hang his boots at the end of the season.

Another option on his table is to try a stint outside Europe, possibly in the MLS. Yet, that would seem improbable given his view on retirement.

Last season, Kroos made 28 league appearances for the champions, scoring one goal and providing one assist. Most recently, he played almost the entire game against Eintracht Frankfurt and helped Los Blancos win the UEFA Super Cup.

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  1. Bubacarr Sissoho

    August 13, 2022 at 9:43 am

    It would be helpful managerial skills team of Real Madrid could encourage veteran players positively interact with the young players and transform their soccer skills to the real professional stage. We know they can do it

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UFC Champion to kick off Real Madrid vs Sevilla, sends message to Mbappe: “Lucky to play for the best club in the world”

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Coming on the back of his triumph at UFC, Featherweight champion Ilia Topuria has announced he will take honorary kick-off in the upcoming Real Madrid vs Sevilla in La Liga this weekend.

Topuria confirmed this in a recent press conference in the Spanish capital this midweek.

A self-proclaimed Madridista, Topuria expressed his deep connection with the club and even sent a message to Kylian Mbappe, who is widely expected to join the club on a free transfer this summer.

Ilia Topuria: A hardcore Madridista

Ilia Topuria did not hold back his affection for Real Madrid, stating, “For me, the team that represents the values ​​of Spain the most is Real Madrid.”

The Georgian-Spaniard UFC champion went on to confirm that he will meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off.

“I’m going to meet Florentino Perez on Sunday and take the kick-off,” he said (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Topuria triumphed over Volkanovski last Saturday. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Although born in Germany, Topuria made Spain proud last Saturday when he beat Alexander Volkanovski in the second round. In the process, he became the first fighter from Spain to capture a UFC belt.

Topuria’s triumph has granted him overnight success in Spain, with the 27-year-old even becoming a cultural icon for many.

Topuria’s message for Mbappe

Other than professing his love for Real Madrid, Ilia Topuria also had a message for Mbappe.

When asked about the Frenchman potentially joining Real Madrid this summer, he said, “Welcome. He’s lucky to play for the best club in the world.”

Real Madrid, for their part, also congratulated Topuria on his triumph. “Congratulations on your historic triumph for Spanish sport, Ilia Topuria. We are proud that a great Real Madrid fan like you becomes UFC world champion,” the club posted on X.

Real Madrid fans, meanwhile, will be excited to witness Topuria taking the honorary kickoff as Los Blancos take on Sevilla this weekend, with three crucial points on the line.

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