A high-level player who waits to know his true level before accepting the extension offer proposed by his club… This seems more like the beginning of a fable than the reality of today’s football where the lure of profit appears more and more as the unique model. But that doesn’t seem to be the case with Germany international Toni Kroos. At 32, the midfielder has so far refused to extend in the Spanish capital until he is sure he is still a top player. Kroos is under contract with Real Madrid until June 2023.
Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has not accepted the Madrid club’s extension offer. The 32-year-old German, who is contracted until June 2023 in the Spanish capital, preferred to wait before making a decision on his future because he would not want to become a burden for Real.
According to the Iberian media SER Deportivos, this negative response from the German international (106 caps) pleasantly surprised the leaders of Real who obviously did not expect such a step. In Madrid for eight seasons, Toni Kroos played 44 games for the Merengues last season, scoring three goals and providing three assists.
He doesn’t want to be a burden
SER Deportivos claim Kroos justified himself by explaining that he doesn’t want to be a drag on future sporting planning. He also knows that the uncertainty he lets hover will not be a hindrance to Real, now well provided for in midfielders with the arrivals of the French Eduardo Camavinga last year and Aurélien Tchouameni this summer.
Last year, the player had already put forward the idea of taking it easy when having to plan his end of career. “I deliberately chose this contract date (2023) when I last extended. I would be 33 and it will be a good age to think about what’s next,” he said in an interview with Bild.