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Toni Kroos opens up on his future amid exit links: “I don’t want to play for another club”



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In Real Madrid’s last game against Girona, Toni Kroos received the first red card of his career. The German had endured a rough day at the office and the team’s inability to score a winner pushed him into an unnecessary challenge late in the game and brought out a second yellow.

While he will miss the team’s next league game he will be available for Los Blancos’ midweek clash against Celtic in the UEFA Champions League as they try and secure the top spot with a win.

The legendary midfielder faced the press ahead of his team’s clash against the Scottish side and spoke about his future and the penalty controversy from the last game amongst other topics. Here are the takeaways from his press conference.

On the clash against Celtic: “Our goal is to win tomorrow.”

On the midweek result against Girona: “The game against Girona? A draw is better than losing.”

On his future: “My future? We will discuss about it in January, February or March.”

On his bond with the club: “My relationship with Real Madrid is special and will always be special.”

On his physical and mental state: “I feel very good right now. We will see what will happen.”

On the penalty controversy in the previous game: “The penalty of Asensio? I don’t listen to these things. The referees make their choices.”

On VAR’s interference in the incident: “For me, that penalty against Girona wasn’t a penalty. I didn’t understand why the VAR thought that was a penalty. The referee had done well his job. Then the VAR happened.”

On another possible UEFA Champions League title: “Winning our 6th Champions League? We always want to win, every year.”

On Luka Modric’s contract: “We don’t talk about it together. We want different things. I don’t ask Luka what he is going to do. You have to ask him.”

On his fitness: “I feel very good physically. The World Cup break will help me to rest a bit. I don’t have to worry about injuries. I’ll have time to rest.”

On the next step in his career: “Real Madrid is where I want to be, I don’t want to play for another club. I want to retire here but I don’t know when I will stop playing. I’ll decide with the club.”

On his current form: “If this is my best moment? I don’t know, I try to help team. Casemiro left so me and Luka have to adapt to this new reality.”

Source: Real Madrid Twitter

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Revealed: The blueprint behind Real Madrid’s €1 Billion revenue ambition



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As one of football’s biggest and most successful institutions, Real Madrid enjoy serious perks on the economic front. After all, they cater to a worldwide audience and thus see their remunerations come in from across borders.

The arrival of Kylian Mbappe will only serve to further grow Los Blancos’ fanbase, and with a generational squad set to dominate world football for the years to come, Florentino Perez sees a special marketing opportunity.

According to reports from SPORT, Real Madrid have thus set themselves a target to hit €1 billion in revenue and have drawn up a concrete plan for the same.

The player aspect

As a football institution, one of the most significant aspects of remuneration is the team’s direct winnings in terms of prize money. Having won the Champions League last season and with Mbappe coming in, the team is in safe hands.

Moreover, the average age of Real Madrid’s squad is just 27.1 years implies that the team has significant longevity with little change expected in personnel.

The second important aspect that the club hopes to count on is the crowd-pulling factor that such young players exert on the new generation.

Kylian Mbappe will be the face of Real Madrid’s marketing campaign. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Real Madrid already boast 410.9 million followers on social media and have added 48.4 million just last year. Mbappe, who himself has 132 million followers across Instagram and X, will further amplify that number next season and add to the club’s followers.

It is thus clear that the Frenchman will become the face of the club and the centre for all marketing operations of Real Madrid plan.

The road to €1 billion is thus not complicated, although Perez must be wary that Mbappe is picky with the brands he endorses. Further, the distribution of image rights will be a major factor to finalise.

The new Bernabeu

Having undergone extensive renovation, the New Santiago Bernabeu will take over as the world’s highest-grossing football stadium next season and play a massive role in boosting Real Madrid’s collections. The partnership with Sixth Street and Legends will also be crucial.

Furthermore, the new venue will also serve as a massive economy generator through miscellaneous events. Apart from Taylor Swift, the club also has agreements with Karol G, Aitana, Lola Indigo and La Velada del Ano de Ibai Llanos for exclusive events.

Real Madrid plan to add extra revenue from exclusive events at Santiago Bernabeu. (Photo by Angel Martinez/Getty Images)

Needless to say, such events will serve significantly to boost the income and near the elusive €1 billion mark.


The final, yet critical manoeuvre Perez plans is to cut the costs on the wage front with a salary reduction of €0% already being made in both 2019-20 and 2020-21. That was, in fact, one of the major reasons Real Madrid stayed on their feet in the pandemic.

Player sales is another element where the men in white have worked their plan, getting rid of the older players while their market value was still high and reinvesting the cash into younger talents who can serve for at least the next decade.

The club recorded north of €800 million in income last year and the €1 billion mark is not too far off. Needless to say, the coming year could thus be special for the men in white.

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