Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has ended speculation over his future at the club by signing a new contract until 2023.
The 29-year-old has been a fixture in Madrid’s first team since his arrival at the club from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014, but he had been linked with a summer exit.
There is expected to be a summer overhaul at the outgoing European champions and links to midfielders Paul Pogba and Christian Eriksen have led to question marks on Kroos.
The German international has netted 13 times across 233 Madrid appearances but finished this campaign without any goals and providing just four assists.
“Real Madrid and Toni Kroos have agreed to extend the contract of the player, who will remain with the club until 30 June 2023,” a statement from Madrid read.
There are a number of the German’s Madrid teammates whose futures appear less certain, including long-term central midfield partner Luka Modric – whose deal expires next summer.
Kroos was an unused substitute in the home defeat to Real Betis on Sunday.
“If there were doubts about my future, we would not be here today,” Kroos told reporters, as cited by Marca.
“A month ago Diario AS reported that I wanted to leave, but I always wanted to stay. Today is confirmation of that, because I never had any doubts about it.
“I cannot tell you what Zidane has said to me, because that conversation was between us, but if he had doubts then today would not be happening.
“He knows me very well, where I play, because for 90% of the games under him I have played just to the left as a number eight, which is the perfect position for me.
“I am not here to score goals or win balls back, my aim is to help the team win using my style and keeping possession, spreading the play and giving good passes.
“Nobody was up to the level this season that we should have been but next season we will be motivated because the entire club needs to improve.
“But today is very happy for me, I have had many success at Real Madrid and now there are four more years of that to come.
“It is a special day for me because the relationship I have with this club is really special since the first day I came here in 2014.”
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