‘I am going to retire here’: Toni Kroos promises that he will end his stellar career at Real Madrid but adds that he will ‘decide what I want to do’ between ‘January and March’ after suggestions that he may retire at the end of the season
- Toni Kroos promised to end his career at Real Madrid but would not state when
- The 32-year-old has won five Champions Leagues and Club World Cups in Spain
- Fede Valverde’s improvements leave Real with a ready replacement for Kroos
Toni Kroos has remained tight-lipped over his plans for the future, with Real Madrid fans still uncertain after Carlo Ancelotti hinted that the German could retire at the end of the season.
The midfielder – who retired from his national team despite winning the World Cup in 2016 – is one of the keys to Real’s huge success in the last decade, but could not be drawn into a confirmation of his intentions.
His current deal is up in 2023 and he may find it difficult to land another long-term deal at the club due to their long-standing tradition of moving players, meaning his insistence he will end his career with them could come sooner than expected.
Toni Kroos admitted he will retire at Real Madrid but did not confirm when that might be
The 32-year-old told Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo: ‘What I have always said and that is not going to change is that I am not going to go anywhere, that I am going to retire here, the only thing I do not know is when.’
‘It’s funny that a lot of people know what I’m going to do when I don’t even know myself. I’m fine physically and things are going well on the pitch.
‘I am super happy and relaxed, I don’t know what is going to happen, there is nothing new.
The German midfielder has been intrinsic to Los Blancos’ five Champions League titles
‘During the break I’m going to think and little by little I’ll decide what I want to do.’
Kroos is one of the most successful players in Los Blancos’ long and illustrious history, proving undroppable as Real won three LaLigas, five Champions League titles and as many FIFA Club World Cup campaigns.
He has also won five Club World Cups with during his stay in the Spanish capital
However in previous seasons he has found it harder to replicate the form he had shown on a consistent basis earlier in his eight-year stay at the club.
But rather than wait for their hugely talented midfield to retire, Real have been keen to provide top quality back-up for Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro in recent years, before the Brazilian’s recent move to Manchester United.
Federico Valverde, formerly the understudy to all three, has established himself as one of the side’s stars, and the acquisitions of French duo Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni means they are well prepared if Kroos should decide to leave.
The World Cup-winner is so far this season looking to be back to his best but rather than see him leave on a high note, Madridistas will surely be waiting in eager anticipation for news of him putting pen to paper on a new contract.
But his insistence that any decision will not be forthcoming until at least the new year will drag out that wait for somewhat longer than fans might have expected.
Kroos has racked up an impressive 381 Real games, scoring 25 goals and assisting 86 more