Real Madrid Midfielder Toni Kroos Plans To Retire At The Age Of 33
Real Madrid and Germany Toni Kroos has revealed he plans to retire at the top aged 33.
Now 29, the classy midfielder penned a new contract at the Santiago Bernabeu last month. That fresh deal takes him through until 2023 but the former Bayern Munich man has already admitted he feels it would be the perfect time for him to call it quotes.
Kroos also added that he he wishes to end his career with Los Blancos appears to securing one last pay day switch elsewhere.
I'm certain if Toni Kroos decides to "hang up the boots" at 33 (as he wishes), he will surely be heading straight to Hollywood! So classy! :grin:#HalaMadrid #DareToCreate#ToniKroos #GermanSniper pic.twitter.com/Am7YRxogi7- Denis Ivanov (@Denis_Ivanov_12) June 27, 2019
"When I am aged 33, that would be a good age to retire," Kroos told Bild, as per MARCA.
"My contract duration was chosen consciously. At 33, that would be a good age to hang up the boots. I will have the opportunity at that moment to choose if I want to do something after that.
"Signing for Real Madrid is the best thing I could have done, I will never play in the United States, China or Qatar."
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Kroos, who has won three Champions Leagues since moving to Real Madrid, would appear to have the capacity to play on for much longer given his position and his playing style.
The likes of Andrea Pirlo and Xavi played into their late 30s, while Andres Iniesta is still playing over in Japan with Vissel Kobe.
But of course the decision is entirely up to Kroos as he's the only one to judge when it's time to hang up the boots.
In the same interview, the World Cup winner did say that Bayern made a mistake in selling him to Real for a lowly €25 million fee.
"For me, it was already clear at the time of the transfer that Bayern made a mistake with my sale," Kroos added, as per Bleacher Report.
"It's true that [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness has made it public of late-and it's a testament to his greatness that he addresses it that way. If that was one of the reasons Pep [Guardiola] left Munich, he has to answer that, but I cannot confirm that he did not like my sale."