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Toni Kroos talks Florentino Perez, Casemiro exit, Guardiola, Germany retirement



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Speaking on Vamos (h/t MARCA), Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has opened up on his equation with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, while also reflecting on his time under Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.

Kroos joined Real Madrid in the summer of 2014, right after winning the FIFA World Cup with Germany. And the iconic midfielder credits Perez for the transfer while also hailing the club supremo for always being honest and upfront with him.

“If we talk about Real Madrid, we have to talk about Florentino. He’s the man who signed me and received me with great affection from day one till today. I’ve never had problems with him, we’ve always been honest with each other, and he has always given me his trust.”

Before moving to the Santiago Bernabeu, Kroos was at Bayern Munich where he was playing under one of the best managers in the game in Guardiola. Opening up on how the Catalan coach tried hard to convince him to stay at the Allianz Arena, the midfielder said:

“Guardiola fought until the last day to keep me at Bayern Munich. If I had to choose my ideal coach for my playing style, it would be Pep. He improved me a lot.”

At Real Madrid, Kroos formed a legendary midfield trio along with Luka Modric and Casemiro. However, the iconic trident was broken apart this past summer with the Brazilian leaving for Manchester United in a move that came as a surprise for Kroos.

“I was surprised that Casemiro left. It is true that there were rumours but there are always rumours and often nothing happens. But when he told me he was leaving, I was sad, I started to remember all the years I spent with him and all we achieved together,” he said.

The FIFA World Cup will start in a couple of weeks, but Kroos will not play a part as he announced his retirement from international football last year. Explaining his decision to call time on his career with the German national team, he said:

“The reasons for my retirement were to spend more time with my family, secondly because now there are players who deserve to play more and I didn’t want to reach the time when they would come and tell me it was better for me to retire. I wanted to decide.”

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Real Madrid intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out




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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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