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Real Madrid’s strategy to find a Toni Kroos replacement in the market – report

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Toni Kroos’ decision to retire from professional football after the conclusion of Euro 2024 has struck Real Madrid hard.

Kroos’ retirement is set to have major implications on the club’s squad planning for the season ahead. But while one would expect Los Blancos to immediately hunt for a replacement in the market, the club may have other plans.

No Kroos replacement until 2025

According to COPE, Real Madrid are not expected to look for a replacement for Toni Kroos until 2025.

Real Madrid believe there is no player available in the market who is similar to Kroos and as such, they are willing to wait until 2025 to find a replacement.

Once the summer transfer window is over, the Spanish champions are expected to utilise all their scouting resources to try and find a desired replacement for Kroos.

Real Madrid will start to find a replacement for Kroos in 2025 (Photo by JORGE GUERRERO/AFP via Getty Images)

It must be noted that Los Blancos are reportedly monitoring the situation of Joshua Kimmich. The Bayern Munich star’s current contract in Bavaria expires in 2025, making him an appealing target for the club.

Bellingham to play in a deeper role

Until Real Madrid find a replacement for Kroos, the club have a few in-house solutions that may help them replace the German next season.

As per the report, Bellingham will slot into a deeper midfield position next season, where he will offer his box-to-box dynamism.

It appears Real Madrid’s idea is to allow Bellingham to play his natural game while ensuring a strong defensive foundation in the midfield. It is also a reason why even Eduardo Camavinga may enjoy more minutes next season.

Bellingham played in such a role throughout his spell at Borussia Dortmund and there is no reason why he cannot do the same for Real Madrid, at least until the Whites find a replacement for Kroos.

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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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