End of career 2023? Ex-DFB star and world champion of 2014 unsure about the future

The German starting eleven in the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina.Image: imago sport photo service / Laci Perenyi

After winning the World Cup with Germany in 2014, Toni Kroos switched from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid. Since then he has been under contract there, has won the Champions League four times in his eight years with the royal team and has been Spanish champion three times. In midfield he is considered a top performer alongside Luka Modric and Casemiro. The only question that arises: How much longer will Kroos be like that?

Like the Spanish podcast now “Ser Deportivos” reported, Toni Kroos is reluctant to extend his current contract. The former German international is still under contract with Real Madrid until the summer of 2023. it is therefore still open whether this will continue to be the case after the next season.

Toni Kroos has been under contract with Real Madrid since 2014.

Toni Kroos has been under contract with Real Madrid since 2014.Image: www.imago-images.de / imago images

Kroos wants to wait and see what role he will play in the coming season with the royals and whether he can continue to keep up at the high level, it is said. According to “Ser Deportivo”, Kroos does not want to stop in general, but he also wants to play regularly and convince with strong performances.

Real Madrid officials are said to have been surprised by Kroos’ hesitation. They should respect the decision and also give him the freedom to decide at the end of the coming season whether he wants to extend. An extension for another year is under discussion.

Should Kroos not extend the contract, he would probably end his career. He publicly stated several times that Real Madrid should be his last club and that he would then continue to work as a club ambassador.

Most recently, he told Sky Sport earlier this year: “I made it clear that I would end my career here. That will happen too. I can’t say exactly when that will be. Whether that’s 2023 or a year or two later. I don’t know that.”

Regardless of the Kroos decision, Madrid continue to tinker with the squad for the future. With 19-year-old Eduardo Camavinga and 23-year-old Fede Valverde, two young players are already available for central midfield. In addition, there is top new signing Aurélien Tchouameni (22 years old).


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