The future of Toni Kroos is certainly one Real Madrid fans worry about.
With his contract expiring in 2023, the German sat down with Eurosport to answer some big questions:
“I intend to be here the three years, then I will be 33 years old and it will be a good time to think about how I feel and if I want to continue playing. In any case, there will be no headlines about me going to China for two years, or something like that. Forget it.”
Having won the treble with Bayern Munich (2012-13) and the three consecutive UEFA Champions League crowns with Madrid, Kroos is often talked about as a player who might yearn for new challenges.
One challenge which still eludes the 30-year old is the Premier League. But does that interest him?
“In general, I can’t imagine going anywhere else. It’s more likely it would be to renew once again with Madrid, if the conditions are met and if both parties want it. If we get together and think it can still be renewed for a year, because my performances are still good enough, and if I still have the motivation, then I would not rule it out. But what I can’t imagine is going to England aged 33, where very physical football is played.”
Kroos also took time to have a swipe at those who doubted him when he moved to the Spanish capital in 2014. Almost six seasons and 12 trophies later, Madrid’s midfield general had to bite-back:
“In Munich there was a feeling that I was one international among others. People thought I would fail at Madrid. But now, some at Bayern are likely to be sorry they let me go.”