Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos spoke to the press after the club surprisingly announced his contract extension early Monday. The German player will stay in the Spanish capital until 2023.
“Today is a very happy day for me. I’ve had a lot of success at Real Madrid and I’m sure that we will have much more in the next four years. At this moment an extension is special and a good sign for the club. We have a special relationship. I joined in 2014 and since the first day I’ve felt very confident at the club and believe that I’ve helped the team and the club to win so many titles. It’s a special relationship and I hope we’re together for a lot longer,” said Kroos.
Real Madrid have had a very disappointing season and it’s clear that Toni Kroos wants to bounce back and earn redemption next year.
“This year not a single player has reached his top-level like in other years and when that happens with so many players it’s difficult to be successful. But we’re all human and it’s normal after winning three Champions Leagues in a row, which is an almost impossible thing to do and we did it. But we’re already looking forward to next year, to improve, change things and I am sure we will be very successful,” he explained.
Kroos expects to play as Madrid’s number 8 given that he’s had that role under Zidane.
“Zidane knows me very well and knows where I can play. 90% of the games I played in my position, number 8, and I think it’s the perfect one for me. I have a good relationship with Zidane and the club and they are happy with me,” said Kroos about the coach.
To conclude the press conference, Kroos also sent a message to the fans.
“I’d like to say to them that we’re going to try to reach our best level again, like in previous seasons. I’m not going to say that we’re going to win everything because I don’t know, but we’re going to try and that’s what we need the fans to do. We know we’re going to need the Bernabéu like in the years when we’ve won the Champions League, which helped us a lot,” added the midfielder.