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Toni Kroos slaps back at haters – ‘They have an opinion. What I have done is facts’

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Real Madrid enjoyed the ideal season in 2023-24, going all the way in the UEFA Champions League and La Liga. The men in white were dominant throughout and staggeringly lost just two games all season.

The one disappointment coming out of the campaign, however, was Toni Kroos’ decision to retire from the game while still at his peak. The German football will never play in a Real Madrid shirt again and the Euros this summer will be his final dance.

Ahead of his last ever tournament as a professional footballer, the Real Madrid legend spoke to Kicker about a plethora of topics including his retirement and the upcoming tournament in Germany.

He began exuding confidence over his side’s chances in the European Championships later this month, stating that they could even go all the way.

“Germany will win EURO 2024.”

The veteran superstar then spoke about the legacy he dreamt of leaving behind as a professional footballer and his opinion on whether he hit the benchmarks he desired.

I simply want to be remembered as the 34-year-old Toni Kroos, who finally played his best season for Real Madrid. I did that. I see it as a compliment that many people think the time came too early,” he said when asked to reason out his decision to retire.

Kroos was then directly asked if he ever felt sad about the reality of retirement that he opted to embrace, to which he said,

“Yes, it does and there will be such moments. I know there’s nothing else in life where I will develop as much talent as playing football.”

Kroos will completely retire after the Euros. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

The Real Madrid midfielder will go down in history as one of the greatest ever to play the game, especially in German history as one of the players with the most titles for club and country. When asked about what that meant to him, Kroos said,

“That is actually very important to me. I always wanted to win titles. Ever since I started playing football, I wanted to be successful. Every single title was important to me, winning the CL was the big motivation before every season.”

Kroos then gave a sneak peek on what the future held for him, now that he is finally closing a chapter in his life.

“I will continue the podcast with my brother Felix. And I will continue to expand the Toni Kroos Academy for young soccer players in Madrid.”

“In September, the Icon League that I founded with Elias Nerlich will also begin. But it is also clear that I don’t choose 18 projects and I end up travelling as much as when I was active,” he added.

Finally, the maestro was asked to give his reply to haters and he responded with a one-line gem to shut the antagonists.

“They have an opinion. What I have done is facts.”

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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