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Toni Kroos aiming for strong season at Real Madrid

The German played a great game against Juventus and will start the season in excellent form. His renewal depends on performance and importance.

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Pasadena (United States), 31/07/2022.- Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos in action during the second half of the pre-season game between Juventus F.C. and Real Madrid at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, USA, 30 July 2022. (Estados Unidos) EFE/EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT
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When Toni Kroos feels that he can no longer make a contribution at Real Madrid, he will step aside. The German midfielder has decided to make a decision on his future at the end of the season. His contract ends on June 30 and, as reported by Cadena SER, he prefers to wait before making a commitment to the club that he arrived at eight years ago. Kroos doesn’t want to be a squad player and he wasn’t against Juventus.

Ancelotti had repeatedly made it clear that his eleven against the Bianconeri would be his eleven against Eintracht Frankfurt on August 10. Tchouaméni has arrived and, with Camavinga and Valverde, without forgetting a thriving Dani Ceballos, they complete the midfield of the future. They are “rock and roll”, as Carletto would say, but the coach from Reggiolo is still clear that his favorite engine room trio is the Holy Trinity. “Casemiro, Modric and Kroos? I call them the Bermuda Triangle because the ball disappears when it passes between them...”, said the Italian sarcastically after beating Juventus. He was right. In the 63 minutes that they remained on the pitch, Zakaria, Fagioli, Locatelli and Di María struggled against the experienced trio.

Kroos on form

Kroos was precise in the pass, short and long. One of the keys to Madrid in Los Angeles was the pressure and that’s where he shone. His performance made him a trending topic during the game. Twitter had thousands commenting on the form of the German conductor. He stole several balls from Di María, not allowing the Argentine to shine against his former side. “Toni Kroos has taken possession from Di María six times in the first half, I don’t know what Di María has done, but Toni Kroos is on a mission to ruin the game for him,” commented one user. “Toni Kroos emptying his pockets when he arrives at the hotel,” another pointed out, accompanying the message with four photos: of a mobile phone, of the car keys, of the wallet... and of Di María. The German has the support of the fans. And to renew he needs to keep Ancelotti’s.

Kroos tries to snatch the ball from Alex Sandro in the second half.
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Kroos tries to snatch the ball from Alex Sandro in the second half.KEVORK DJANSEZIANAFP

As things stand, he will seek his eighteenth title as a Madridista on August 10. However, last year cast some doubt on his future. He missed eight games, in addition to the preseason. At the beginning he showed his level, but as the season progressed he lost some steam and in the final stretch he became a regular substitute in key matches. In the second leg against PSG, he was substituted in the 57th minute; against Chelsea he retired in the 74th minute at Stamford Bridge and the 73rd minute at the Bernabéu. Ancelotti repeated the decision on the day of the miracle against City, in minute 68 on this occasion. The Italian preferred rock and roll when he needed heroics.

World Cup year

Staying fit will be crucial to maintain his importance in the team. This year he has the ‘advantage’ in this regard, because being retired from the German national team, the World Cup will not catch him off guard like his team-mates. Between November 21 and December 18 he will have about a month to recharge his batteries. “I think the year 2023 is very suitable, I will be 33 years old. I will decide whether or not to renew for a season or two, but I am sure that I will retire at Real Madrid,” he explained in July 2021, after announcing his goodbye to the Mannschaft. At that time Camavinga was not signed nor, of course, Tchouaméni. They are additions that condition the scenario of a player who does not see himself stretching his career like Modric. If he stays it’s because he feels like an important part of Madrid. There is no one better to teach the trade and the path to success to the newcomers.

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