“No player reached their top level like in previous years,” Toni Kroos told reporters on Monday. Photo: Juan Medina/Reuters

MADRID – Real Madrid’s Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has renewed his contract until the end of the 2022-23 season, the Spanish club announced on Monday.

The 29-year-old Kroos was expected to leave the Santiago Bernabeu, according to Spanish media reports, but he has instead has extended his stay for another four years.

Real are expected to sell several players in the close season as they overhaul the squad following a bitterly disappointing season in which they finished third in La Liga, and were knocked out of the Champions League in the last-16.

“No player reached their top level like in previous years,” Kroos told reporters on Monday, having won three consecutive Champions League titles from 2016-2018.

“We’re humans, and that’s normal after winning three Champions Leagues. What’s not normal is to win three in a row, it seemed impossible and we did it.

“But we’re motivated for next season. I’m happy to stay at Madrid four more years.”

Kroos signed for the club from Bayern Munich in 2014 and has made 233 appearances, winning 11 trophies.

“I spoke to (coach Zinedine) Zidane and I know what his idea is. I will be important (in the team), I can’t say anything else,” added Kroos.

Reuters