Manchester City have been linked with a move for Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, who does not want to move to the Etihad.
According to a report from Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Toni Kroos will be a free agent at the end of this season, and Pep Guardiola wants to bring him to the Premier League. However, the German midfielder is unwilling to move to England.
The 32-year-old midfielder is one of the best players in his position, and he would have been a world-class addition to Manchester City’s midfield. The Premier League champions are expected to lose Ilkay Gundogan in the summer, and Kroos was being looked at as a potential replacement.
Pep Guardiola has always been an admirer of the German midfielder. But Kroos is of the notion that he will either continue for another year at Real Madrid or retire.
Kroos has been an exceptional servant for Real Madrid since joining the club from Bayern Munich, and he has won countless trophies with the Spanish club. He helped them win the UEFA Champions League and La Liga in the 2021/22 season.
He is an integral part of Carlo Ancelotti’s first-team squad, and Real Madrid are reportedly keen to renew his deal before it expires. It will be interesting to see if the German midfielder is prepared to extend his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Kroos is now expected to go away on a mid-season break during the World Cup. The midfielder retired from international duty, and he will not be heading into the showpiece event with Germany. It is fair to assume that Kroos will decide on his future after he returns from his break.
Even if Real Madrid end up agreeing on a new deal with Kroos, they should look to find a long-term alternative to the German. He and Modric are in their twilight years and they will have to be replaced soon.
As for Manchester City, it remains to be seen who they end up signing as an alternative to Kroos. They have shown interest in several midfielders, including the in-demand Jude Bellingham.