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Two reasons behind Real Madrid veteran’s delayed decision to renew his contract – report

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Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos’s decision around his future has been one of football’s most discussed topics this year. There is no doubt that the German midfielder is still one of the very best in the business, and for him to retire at just 33 appeared to be a hasty option.

Real Madrid fans can breathe a sigh of relief as Fabrizio Romano has reported that Kroos has already signed the contract to stay at the club for one more year.

However, the decision was not as simple from the player’s perspective. Sergio Santos brings forth the various factors that influenced Kroos’s decision and the reasons behind his idea of retiring.

According to the Spanish journalist, one of the main reasons behind the German’s prolonged vacillation was his physical condition.

Given his age and regular playing time, the veteran felt more discomfort at the end of games and a longer time to recuperate from the strain. Such fitness issues have been especially localised to sites where he has suffered injuries before including his groin and hamstring.

Looking at his fitness record and physical sensation in recent months, however, Kroos appears to have churned the confidence that he has another season in his tank.

The other factor influencing his decision has been the radical change in position. A deeper look into Real Madrid’s recent heavy clashes shows that Carlo Ancelotti has deployed the German as a defensive midfielder.

Not only was this the case in El Clasico but also in the UEFA Champions League against Chelsea earlier this month. He is now counted ahead of Aurelien Tchouameni in the defensive midfield role as per the report.

The idea of playing as a pivot appeals to Kroos given the reduced mobility asked of him on the field. Needless to say, the shift towards a deeper position on the field was thus critical.

“Everything is on the right track, but I also respect what the club wants: how and when it communicates,” the 33-year-old told the media after Real Madrid’s recent game against Chelsea, thus confirming the reports.

Needless to say, Real Madrid could have asked for nothing more heading into the 2023/24 season.

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Real Madrid superstar reveals how advice from Brazil legend helped him improve

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Even with all the excitement around Kylian Mbappe, it is Vinicius Junior, who continues to be Real Madrid’s biggest star.

In the past few years, the Brazilian has witnessed substantial growth, notably establishing himself as one of the best players in world football.

Vinicius’ rapid rise to prominence has been backed by numbers as well, with the forward racking up 82 goals and 75 assists in 262 competitive matches for Real Madrid.

Vinicius on receiving advice from Ronaldo

In a recent media interaction, Vinicius Junior, when talking about his success at Real Madrid, revealed that the forward constantly receives advice from his compatriot and former Real Madrid legend Ronaldo.

Vinicius particularly pointed out Ronaldo’s advice in 1v1 situations and how it has helped him improve in such scenarios.

“Ronaldo always calls me and gives me advice, he teaches me so many things. Since he told me that his favourite thing is a 1v1 vs a GK, I thought about it a lot and started working on it really hard,” Vinicius said (h/t Madrid Zone).

Ronaldo regularly speaks with Vinicius. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“Now, every time I’m in a 1v1 with a GK, I’m the calmest guy in the world. Ever since that conversation with Ronaldo, I stopped being afraid of making mistakes in a 1v1,” the forward added.

Vinicius has indeed witnessed an improvement in his 1v1 play in recent years, which has been reflected in his higher goalscoring numbers.

This season, the forward has netted 23 goals in all competitions while racking up 11 assists. His goalscoring prowess, coupled with his ability in 1v1 situations could prove to be critical as Real Madrid take on Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League final next month.

The Brazilian international, though, will be up against a challenging defensive duo of Mats Hummels and Nico Schlotterbeck, who have been able to keep the opposition attacks quiet this season.

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