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Real Madrid star Toni Kroos reveals retirement plans

By Steve Jennings

Published: 13:09, 27 June 2019

Toni Kroos will make a decision on retirement when his Real Madrid contract expires in 2023 but has ruled out a move to the US, China or Qatar.

The 29-year-old’s current deal expires in four years, and Kroos claims he intentionally chose that end-date so that he can decide his future at the age of 33.

Is Kroos’ Real Madrid future secure? Five key things to know…

  1. Kroos signed a new four-year contract last month.
  2. Reports had suggested the World Cup winner would be allowed to leave this summer
  3. Real Madrid are said to be keen to make room for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
  4. But if Pogba does join the club, he will play alongside Kroos next season.
  5. Kroos made more successful passes (1932) than any other Real player in La Liga last season.

Since joining Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014, Kroos has made 233 appearances and won three Champions League titles.

The German will be aiming to add to his one La Liga title in his final four years in the Spanish capital before deciding whether to retire in the summer of 2023.

But while many high-profile European players have chosen to end their careers in another continent in recent years, Kroos has ruled out moving to any of three specific leagues.

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“I deliberately chose the end of the term in 2023,” he told Sport Bild (via Goal).

“Thirty-three could be a good age to retire, but then I also have the opportunity to decide whether or not to do something else.

“I can already rule out playing in the US, China or Qatar.”