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Kroos: “My plan is to retire at Real Madrid”

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The German midfielder talked to Real Madrid TV after becoming the German player with most appearances for the club.

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Last Monday, midfielder Toni Kroos became the German player with the most appearances for Real Madrid with 309, passing Uri Stielike. Kroos talked to Real Madrid TV this week and shared his thoughts about that accomplishment.

“It’s something special. When you look at the Germans who have played here you realise that they are big names: Netzer, Schuster or Stielike. Overtaking Stielike, who is a club legend, makes me really happy. It’s a special record and I’m delighted to get to this point. As I’ve always said, my idea is to retire here and that’s what I’m going to try to do,” said Kroos.

The German star also revealed his favorite title since he signed for the club back in 2014.

“If you only win one trophy, it’s easier to choose. But out of all of them, I’ll take the Champions League we won in Kiev because it was the only one I managed to celebrate with the whole family. In Cardiff, it was only with my son because my daughter was too young. Winning a trophy here is an unforgettable experience,” he explained.

Kroos has been delivering great assists for his teammates and he also talked about his passes.

“I like the fact that my team-mates give me the ball because that means they have confidence in what I do. If you have your team-mates’ confidence, it’s easier. I try to give my best in every game and every pass I make that doesn’t reach my team-mate annoys me. I try to strive for perfection in this sense, although you can never be perfect. I practice it and I’ve been working on it continuously for many years,” said the midfielder.

Kroos is 31 years old but is still playing at a very high level. He’s a crucial player for Real Madrid and it’s likely that he will be able to retire as a Madrid player once he decides to end his career.