Madrid Stars Keen On Kroos Stay After Munich Masterclass

Toni Kroos has yet to decide on his future, but his teammates are hoping he will stay at Real Madrid following his Champions League masterpiece against Bayern Munich.

On a thrilling Tuesday night, the veteran 34-year-old German midfielder starred for Real in their 2-2 semi-final first leg draw at his former club’s home ground in Bavaria.

After a decade with the record 14-time Champions League winners, Kroos’ contract expires this summer.

“I want to win as much as possible this season — I don’t think about the future,” he said after the game.

Looking beyond obvious standouts Vinicius Junior scored both of Madrid’s goals against Bayern, and Kroos was Madrid’s best player in a game where Los Blancos could have been defeated.

Thomas Tuchel’s Bayern made more opportunities, and Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti stated they were at their best, as opposed to his team, which only showed their top level in flashes.

Kroos, on the other hand, was remarkably consistent, and his excellent pass to Vinicius helped Madrid take the lead.

The former Germany international was one step ahead of everyone else on the field, gesturing to Vinicius where he intended to play the ball, a pass that did not appear to be on.

Vinicius, who was well-versed in Kroos’ abilities, made the appropriate move, and the veteran threaded the needle with his slide-rule pass.

“We train together so much, I know Kroos very well and he knows me very well,” explained the Brazilian forward.

Vinicius’ strike partner Rodrygo said he would love Kroos to stay.

“We always tell him (Kroos) to stay, not just one but many years more, age doesn’t matter,” Rodrygo told Movistar.

“He’s so masterful, with such class, I love playing with him, I hope he keeps going.”

‘No words’

Kroos produced numerous crucial interceptions in midfield, was dangerous from set pieces, and did not miss a single pass in the first half-hour.

By half-time, only one of his 49 had gone astray, and by the finish, 79 of 82 had found their mark.

The midfielder shown both expertise and class by speaking with Madrid goalkeeper Andriy Lunin and advising him to be calm following a hasty clearance.

Kroos charged up the outside early in the second half, but Manuel Neuer beat him to safety at full stretch following a brilliant play.

He was cautioned for a tactical foul on Bayern Munich striker Harry Kane and assumed the captaincy after Nacho Fernandez was replaced.

Kroos’ 10th semi-final encounter is against Bayern, and the only player with more trophy wins is former Madrid winger Paco Gento, who has six.

Kroos and a few other players are tied for fifth.

Given the quality of his performance, the German did not appear pleased to be replaced in the closing stages.

“(It was) just for more energy, Kroos played a very good game,” explained Ancelotti.

“There are no words to define him. He is a top player, crucial for our game, for the way he controls the speed (of the game), and for his passes.”

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