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Real Madrid star Toni Kroos said he plans to retire at the LaLiga champions.
Kroos has enjoyed great success since coming to Madrid from Bayern Munich in 2014, winning three Champions League trophies and two LaLiga titles out of 13 awards.
The 31-year-old midfielder has made 309 appearances for Madrid in all competitions, the most by a German player at the Santiago Bernabéu, beating Uli Stielike.
Reflecting on the feat, Kroos, who has scored 21 goals since moving to the Spanish capital, told Real Madrid TV: “It’s something special. When you look at the Germans who have played here, you realize that they are big names: [Gunter] Netzer, [Bernd] Schuster or Stielike.
“The acquisition of Stielike, who is a club legend, makes me very happy. It is a special album and I am delighted to get to this point.
“As I’ve always said, my idea is to retire here and that’s what I’m going to try to do.”
@ToniKroos: “Becoming the German with the most appearances is special and I’m delighted.”
– Real Madrid CF (@realmadrid) March 5, 2021
Kroos has scored two goals and provided six assists in 22 LaLiga games this season, while he has played 31 games in all competitions.
Madrid is third in LaLiga, five points behind neighbor and leader Atlético de Madrid ahead of Sunday’s derby.
Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid have not lost any of their three matches at the Wanda Metropolitano in LaLiga (G1 D2), and they remain the only team to have played at the new Atlético headquarters without losing in the League.
Zidane is undefeated in his three LaLiga away games against Atlético as a coach (1E2) and could become the second Madrid coach to avoid defeat in his first four away derbies against Rojiblancos in the competition’s history, after Luis Molowny in 1986 (W3 D1).
“I try to do my best in every game and every pass I make that doesn’t reach my partner bothers me,” Kroos added.
“I try to strive for perfection in this regard, although you can never be perfect.
“I practice it and have worked on it continuously for many years.”