Kroos hints at Los Blancos retirement date

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has hinted that he could hang up his boots upon the expiration of his latest contract with the La Liga giants.

The Germany international recently extended his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2022 after arriving at Madrid in 2012 from Bayern Munich and has suggested that it could be his last contract.  

"I will be 32 at the end of the contract. I don’t expect to play until 38 or 39," he told German newspaper Kicker.

"With 32 years old, you’ve played your better years in football. Regarding the physical aspect, it’s a good time to stop," he added.

Kroos has enjoyed a trophy-laden career, clinching three Bundesliga titles, three German Cups, two Champions League trophies, two World Club Cups and a World Cup winner's medal.

The midfielder, meanwhile, has ruled out a potential move to Barcelona out of respect for Real and its supporters.

"I don’t want to commit to anything that could happen from here to six years ahead, but there are some changes that cannot be done," he said.

"I don’t consider going to Barcelona. It’s a matter of respect towards the tradition and the supporters.

"Real Madrid is my club. The last two years and a half I’ve grown in a sports and personal way. Since my first day I found a positive answer from my team-mates, the supporters and the board," he concluded.

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