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Real Madrid are ‘worried Toni Kroos could leave for free next year’

Real Madrid ‘worry that Toni Kroos could leave the club for free next year, while the German turns down a new deal’… and the midfielder will ‘wait and see how next season goes before making a decision’

  • German star Toni Kroos only has a one-year contract with Real Madrid
  • The club is reportedly ‘concerned’ it could leave for free by turning down calls
  • Zinedine Zidane also left the club on a one-year contract in 2006

Real Madrid are reportedly ‘concerned’ that German star Toni Kroos will walk free from the Bernabeu after turning down a new deal – with the World Cup winner to assess how the new campaign is going before making a decision on his future.

Kroos only started three of the last six games for Real Madrid under manager Carlo Ancelotti last season, as the team won the Champions League for the fifth time in nine seasons.

The 32-year-old’s current contract expires next summer, and Mundo Deportivo believes Madrid is concerned that Kroos could leave the club for nothing if he doesn’t feel ‘comfortable’ in the Spanish capital.

Real Madrid 'concerned' about losing Toni Kroos for free, with one year to go

Real Madrid ‘concerned’ about losing Toni Kroos for free, with one year to go

German midfielder's future looks uncertain under manager Carlo Ancelotti

German midfielder’s future looks uncertain under manager Carlo Ancelotti

The German is believed to have turned down the chance to extend his contract as he wanted to see how he feels next season while the club’s midfield is in transition mode.

The decision was taken as a surprise by the reigning La Liga champions, who were convinced of a one-year extension, but they respect him too much and will not pressure him to sign.

Kroos could make the decision to leave the Bernabeu if he no longer feels ‘comfortable’ with things in the Spanish capital, or if he loses a guaranteed first-team spot.

There is no guarantee of a starting role with the team in transition, and recent signings from Eduardo Camavinga and Aurelien Tchouameni are seen as Real Madrid’s future.

Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid in 2006 with one year left on his player contract

Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid in 2006 with one year left on his player contract

He could follow Zinedine Zidane, his former coach, out the door at Real Madrid just a year after the Frenchman’s second stint in management ended last summer.

Notably, Zidane also left the club with one year left on his player contract in 2006, raising fears for Real Madrid’s legacy that Kroos would do the same if he doesn’t want to see his deal.

Kroos previously said his wish was to retire from Real Madrid, and with the German in the final stretch of his career, many will have a keen eye for what he will do next, both in Spain and abroad.

The 2014 World Cup winner is regarded as one of the world’s best central midfielders, and he would be very interested if it seemed likely that he would leave the Bernabeu.

He played 243 games for Real Madrid and was an integral part of the club’s success at home and on the European stage.



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