Kroos eyes end-of-season move from Real Madrid (AS)

After five seasons at the Bernabéu, Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos is thought to be considering seeking a new challenge this summer.

 

Toni Kroos is eyeing a move from Real Madrid, AS understands. The midfielder has been considering swapping the Bernabéu for pastures new in recent times and, if Los Blancos agree to sanction his sale, he could well leave this summer after five years in at the club.

In addition to fetching a sizeable transfer fee, the 29-year-old’s departure would also free up space on the LaLiga giants’ wage bill for potential midfield signings such as Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen, who are both players that Madrid’s re-appointed coach, Zinedine Zidane, is keen on.

In what has been a poor season all-round for Madrid, Kroos has endured his worst campaign in Spain since his arrival from Bayern Munich, leading to unprecedented levels of criticism for the German. “Right now, he’s a diesel tractor,” his compatriot Bernd Schuster, a former Madrid player and coach, even told Spanish radio in February. “He jogs around and does nothing.”

Kroos’ lacklustre form was particularly evident in March’s shock Champions League exit to Ajax, for which he was widely identified as one of the chief culprits. In the holders’ 4-1 second-leg defeat to the Dutchmen, the German – whose precise passing is one of his key features – gave the ball away 24 times, with one such loss of possession leading to the visitors’ opening goal.

Having enjoyed an otherwise successful spell in Spain that has seen him win 12 trophies, Kroos feels he has achieved everything he can at Madrid and that the time has come for a fresh challenge. A summer departure will also depend on the club’s stance on his future, although Los Blancos are not expected to stand in his way if he is adamant that he wants to go.

However the excellent standing that Kroos that enjoys among Europe’s elite clubs is not lost on the 13-time European champions – for example, Manchester United sought to lure him to Old Trafford last year – and the club would only be persuaded to sell for a significant fee.