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Real Madrid will save millions by renewing heavyweight midfielder



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Over the course of the last few months, the renewal of Toni Kroos has been one of Real Madrid’s top priorities.

The German midfielder has always been hell-bent on retiring while he is still at the top of his game, which is also why he called curtains on his German NT tenure in 2021.

However, he decided to return to Die Mannschaft for this upcoming 2024 European Championship at Julian Nagelsmann’s request, which understandably raised optimism within the Real Madrid camp about his continuity.

And if recent reports, from Fabrizio Romano, are to be believed, Kroos has decided to continue at Madrid for another season, and will put pen to paper officially soon enough.

And through that extension, as reported by AS, Real Madrid could end up saving millions this summer.

No replacement needed

While Real Madrid’s midfield does seem stacked on paper, with Eduardo Camavinga, Aurelien Tchouameni, Federico Valverde, Jude Bellingham, Luka Modric, and Dani Ceballos in the squad, none of them do quite what Kroos has to offer.

The German’s temperament, control, and range of passing are arguably second to none in Europe, and all massively appreciated assets by Carlo Ancelotti.

Had Kroos decided to retire at the end of the season, Madrid would have likely had to go into the market to sort out a replacement for him.

While they have not been linked to any midfielder ahead of the window, Madrid could have pursued someone like Joshua Kimmich, who seems interested in leaving Bayern Munich this summer.

Kroos aspiring for 95%

The controller. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Kroos has averaged the last three seasons with a bizarre 95% total accuracy, which speaks about his consistency, more than anything.

However, this season Kroos’ accuracy has fallen to 94%, which is more than what most midfielders can ever aspire to reach.

The World Cup winner is aspiring to end the season by reigniting his 95% accuracy of seasons past before he leaves for the 2024 European Championship.

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Spain midfielder credits Real Madrid assistant manager for career success



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Spain’s European Championship campaign so far has been one filled with revelations. From young Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams on the wings to the ever-so-solid midfield, La Roja have impressed across the park and have taken the tournament by storm.

One such player who has played a critical role for the team despite not being in many pundits’ squad for the tournament is Fabian Ruiz. The PSG midfielder has been sensational for Luis de la Fuente’s men so far, scoring once and providing one assist in two games.

Despite not having any direct links with Real Madrid, the Spanish midfielder interestingly credits Davide Ancelotti for his success and AS brings the story.

A chapter in Naples

Fabian Ruiz may have never played for Los Blancos in his career so far, but he crossed paths with the Ancelottis in Naples a few years ago.

Ruiz signed for the Italian club from Real Betis in 2018 for a fee of €30 million. At the time, he was not known widely and was just seen as another routine Spanish midfielder aspiring to make it big.

As revealed by the player in a recent interview, however, it was Carlo Ancelotti’s son and Real Madrid assistant manager Davide Ancelotti who first saw the spark in him.

“Meeting him was a very important step in my career. From the beginning, he backed me, and it was not easy to pay what Napoli paid for me, a player who had not played much in La Liga with Betis.”

“If it weren’t for him, I wouldn’t be here. I have a very good relationship and friendship with him,” he added.

Fabian Ruiz credits Davide Ancelotti for his success. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

A special eye

Ruiz’s comments on Davide Ancelotti only make it clearer as to why Carlo Ancelotti holds his son’s advice in high regard. It is, after all, a testament to the tactician’s keen eye for special talent.

As revealed earlier this year, it was the manager’s son who suggested Joselu’s substitution against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League semifinals when the team was on the brink of elimination.

What happened next was history as the veteran scored twice within minutes to turn the game around and send the Bavarians crashing out.

Davide has been rumoured to be interested in walking his own path soon as a specialist coach, but as it stands, will continue working under his father for at least one more year at Real Madrid.

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