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Ancelotti urges Kroos to reverse retirement decision after Champions League glory

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 2 Jun 2024

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Toni Kroos is set to leave Real Madrid as a six-time Champions League winner but Carlo Ancelotti wants the Los Blancos midfielder to reverse his retirement decision.

The Germany midfielder appears to have played the final club game of his career, signing off with European glory after a 2-0 victory over Borussia Dortmund in Saturday’s final.

Kroos delivered a perfect corner-kick assist for Dani Carvajal’s 74th-minute opener at Wembley Stadium before Vinicius Junior sealed Madrid’s 15th crown in UEFA’s top club competition.

The 34-year-old Kroos will head to Euro 2024 with Germany this month before calling time on his glittering career, though Ancelotti hopes he will change his mind.

“I’m really grateful to Kroos,” Ancelotti said. “He finished at the very top, there is no way to finish higher than this.

“He had the boldness to finish it [his career] and he is a legend at this club.

“All the fans are grateful to him for his attitude, his professionalism. I’ve told him we are waiting for him to change his mind – we are waiting for you.”

It was the sixth winning campaign for Madrid quadruple Kroos, Luka Modric, Dani Carvajal and Nacho in the Champions League.

Only Paco Gento (six) has won the European Cup/Champions League as many times among players in history.

This success will be further boosted by the expected arrival of Kylian Mbappe, who is reportedly set to join Madrid after announcing his intentions to leave Paris Saint-Germain.

Ancelotti says Los Blancos will look to new arrivals, as well as the current crop of Madrid stars, to combat Kroos’ retirement.

“We have lost an important player, but we have players who can replace him and we will adapt and play a slightly different way,” Ancelotti said.

“We have fantastic players and the resources to remain competitive.”

Kroos’ Germany face Ukraine and Greece in warm-up fixtures before opening their Euro 2024 campaign against Scotland on June 14.

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