Toni Kroos has told his teammates about his plans for the future as his contract runs out next summer.
In the El Clasico matchup versus Barcelona, Toni Kroos delivered another another performance to lead Real Madrid to a 3-1 victory. The German midfielder played a key role in setting up the opening score by releasing Vinicius Jr.
just in time to put the Brazilian through on goal. Karim Benzema made no mistakes with the rebound to give Carlo Ancelotti’s team the early lead even if he was unable to complete the task.
Kroos’ performance as a whole was outstanding, demonstrating that he is still among the top midfielders in the world. That is what intrigues me about the discussion about his future.
When Kroos’ contract expires at the conclusion of this season, rumors about him mulling retirement have taken off like wildfire. And although he has always been open about wanting to retire at Real Madrid, no one expected it to happen this soon.
It appears that Kroos has been discussing his plans with his teammates for some time. According to a Relevo report:
“I’m leaving after this contract expires.” Toni Kroos (32 years old) has recited that sentence numerous times in the Real Madrid locker room. He made this remark several times last season, so it is not brand-new.
Kroos is still only 32 years old and is still very much at the peak of his game, so it is very obvious that he could play for a number of more years if he wanted to.
However, the German great retired from international football relatively early and never seemed to be someone to hold onto things. Thus, if he did hang up his boots for good shortly, it wouldn’t exactly be shocking.
He stands in stark contrast to his longtime midfield partner Luka Modric in this regard, who appears to be looking to play for as long as he can.
Real Madrid would face a difficult problem in replacing one of the greatest midfielders in history if Kroos does decide to retire at the end of the current campaign.