Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos announced his retirement from the German national team this week, right after he and his country were knocked out of the 2020 Euro against England in the Round of 16.
Now, Kroos talked in an interview with German newspaper Bild, where he discussed his future with Real Madrid and what he has in mind for his retirement from football.
“I believe that the year 2023 is appropriate, I will be 33 years old. I will decide whether I will renew for a season or two, that is still open for discussion, but I am completely sure that I will retire at Real Madrid,” said Kroos.
The midfielder is now 31 years old and two more years left on his contract with Real Madrid. Kroos also shared some thoughts and explained that he believes his game is more appreciated in Spain than in Germany.
“I don’t want to accuse everyone in Germany because there are many fans that appreciate me but at times I had the feeling that some didn’t appreciate what I did over my 11 years there. It’s different in Spain, everyone has been grateful to me since my first match seven years ago,” he said.
Kroos will focus on his career with Real Madrid from now and will be able to get some valuable rest during the FIFA breaks mid-season.