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Real Madrid’s new plan with Bellingham and Arda Guler following veteran retirement

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Real Madrid have a huge problem on their hands as Toni Kroos has announced his retirement from football following the 2024 European Championship in Germany in the summer.

The German has always been clear about his intention to hang up his boots early. Now 34, and still one of the best midfielders in the world, if not the best, Kroos has decided to go out while still on top.

However, this means that Madrid’s midfield planning for next season now needs reconsideration.

And as per a report by AS, Madrid have prepared majorly a two-point long-term plan to combat Kroos’ retirement.

Jude deep, Guler high

The report suggests that Madrid are planning to make two major changes to their side in the mid to long term to work around Kroos’ absence in the team.

This would be playing Jude Bellingham in a deeper role in midfield, while Arda Guler operates higher up the pitch.

The former has played in midfield threes and even in a double pivot previously – for Borussia Dortmund and England, and has exceedingly well lower down the pitch. He is able to link the midfield with the attack, and also does well while making third-man runs.

As for Guler, the Turk is an attacking midfielder-cum-right winger by trade, and has already shown, in limited minutes, that he can make a difference on the scoresheet immediately.

Among the goals already. (Photo by JOSE JORDAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Immediate solutions

While Guler will almost definitely adapt to a long-term offensive role in the team, he may not get minutes immediately next season, especially as Madrid prepare for Kylian Mbappe’s arrival.

As such, it is more likely that Carlo Ancelotti pushes Madrid to renew Luka Modric, while using Jude Bellingham, Aurelien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga, and Federico Valverde as part of their midfield three.

Nico Paz is also expected to feature in the first-team more regularly, especially if Dani Ceballos leaves the club.

But it should not be ruled out that Madrid go after another name in the summer to replace Kroos, at least in the short-term.

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  1. Funso Fakulujo

    May 22, 2024 at 5:10 pm

    Real already have a replacement for Toni Kroos. There’s no panic anywhere. People were shocked because we all expected he will renew and we love him for contributing so much for our progress. No cause for alarm.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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