Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Tony Kroos unveils his retirement plans
The 30-year-old midfielder has admitted that it won’t be long before he’d hang his boots and bid farewell to his playing days.
Toni Kroos has admitted that he doesn’t see himself prolonging his career once his current deal with Real Madrid expires at the end of the 2022/23 season.
The 30-year-old is yet to show any signs of slowing down as he remains an integral part of Los Blancos squad that currently sits at the top of La Liga.
Kroos, who signed for the Spanish giants from Bundesliga outfit Bayern Munich in the summer of 2015, has made 28 appearances for Madrid in the ongoing season.
Apart from helping his teammates with his composure on the ball and pinpoint passing, the German World Cup winner has chipped in with 5 goals and 6 assists in all competitions this campaign.
Kroos hints he’d retire in 2023
Despite reports claiming that Madrid would like to offer him a contract extension, Kroos has made no secret of his desire to hang his boots upon the expiry of his current deal with the club.
The player has admitted that unlike some of his peers who go on to play into their late 30s, he has no intention of keep on playing for years to come.
‘I'm definitely not a player who plays until 38,' he told Sportschau Club.m
‘I still have a three-and-a-half-year contract until the summer 2023. Then I will be 33. That's a good age to start thinking about what I want without having a contract that runs for four years.
‘It won't be long then until the end of my career.'
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Kroos has enjoyed a stellar career
Before Madrid snapped him up in 2015, Kroos played 205 games for Bayern, winning three Bundesliga trophies and one Champions League title in the process.
His move to Los Blancos opened the floodgates of trophies for the German midfielder as he filled his trophy cabinet with three more Champions League titles.
The 30-year-old was also an essential part of Los Blancos side that won four FIFA Club World Cups and two UEFA Super Cups in his first three years at the club.
His international career turned out to be equally brilliant as the German was a part of his national side that won the FIFA World Cup in 2014.
Therefore, whether he signs a contract extension with Madrid or decides to hangs his boots once and for all, Kroos would be going out as one of the most successful players in the history of the game.
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