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Toni Kroos opens up on his ambitions, time at Real Madrid, Luka Modric ahead of the new season

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It is no secret that Toni Kroos is the heart of Real Madrid’s midfield. The German international may not be the most flashy player on the ball, but his genius and control on the field make him a fundamental cog in Carlo Ancelotti’s setup.

At 33 years of age, Kroos directly contributed to six goals in Real Madrid’s recent La Liga campaign. What makes the statistic more astounding is that he played most of the season as a defensive midfielder with close to eight defensive actions per game.

Earlier today, the German maestro spoke to AS (h/t Madrid Xtra) about a plethora of topics including his time at Real Madrid, the mentality of the dressing room, and his teammate Luka Modric.

The World Cup winner first commented on how his time at the club thus far matched up to the expectations he held while joining.

“When I arrived in Madrid I used to always say, ‘I hope to win the Champions League’. I was expecting great things but not to this level.”

Kroos has always been one to strive for perfection. Over the years, the veteran has carved a reputation as a fighter and has not allowed his age to slow him down.

Speaking on his drive to improve, he said: “My idea is to always keep improving, no matter the age because I want to keep winning more trophies.”

Looking ahead to the 2023-24 season, the German faces more competition than ever. The additions of Arda Guler and Jude Bellingham to Carlo Ancelotti’s pre-existing goldmine in midfield leave Kroos and Modric with a different role.

“Me and Modric are here for others to feel safe and comfortable to play. To help the youngsters and we will do that,” he said about his role in the upcoming season.

Finally, the legendary midfielder gave a crisp statement about the nature of Los Blancos’ dressing room and what kept them going through all the lows with fortitude.

“All the players in Madrid have the same mentality because we never give up.”

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Real Madrid out-of-favour defender now unlikely to leave the club

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Real Madrid missed out on the signing of Leny Yoro after deciding not to match Manchester United’s offer for the 18-year-old defender.

With the French prodigy now on his way to the Premier League, Los Blancos are assessing their options before deciding whether to sign a new centre-back or not.

As things stand, the reigning champions of Spain and Europe seem to be leaning towards relying on their existing options rather than going into the market.

Jesus Vallejo unlikely to leave

As such, MARCA reports that the likelihood of Jesus Vallejo leaving the club have now significantly reduced.

Indeed, the 27-year-old out-of-favour defender now appears more and more likely to continue at Real Madrid beyond this summer.

Set to stay. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Vallejo returned to the Santiago Bernabeu after finishing his loan stint at Granada during which he hardly played due to injury and fitness woes.

As such, reports suggested that Carlo Ancelotti & co. were not planning on counting on him next season, even though he was handed a new shirt number recently.

But with the Leny Yoro operation collapsing and Real Madrid not keen on recruiting anyone from the market at this point, the Spanish ace is now unlikely to leave the club.

With David Alaba still sidelined, Antonio Rudiger and Eder Militao will start the new season as the first-choice centre-back pairing and Vallejo will serve as the backup while Aurelien Tchouameni will also be an option.

Vallejo, for his part, wanted to stay put and see out his contract which expires in 2025. And, as things stand, it appears that the player will get his wish.

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