Real Madrid star drops retirement plans after Copa del Rey humiliation

first_img Loading… “I’m 30 years old and it’s a good age to think – what more do I want?” he told Sportschau Club in an interview.“[My career] won’t last much longer. And I’m sure that I won’t play until I’m 38.”The German midfielder indicated that he has started to plan ahead, with his current contract at Real Madrid all set to expire in 2023.“I’ve been here [Real Madrid] for more than five years and we’re very happy here,” he said, before adding:“Our children go to school here and they’re also very happy. In the end, they will make the decision.”And despite dropping hints about his retirement plans, Kroos revealed that he is still motivated to win trophies with Los Blancos.“The feeling of winning a trophy is addictive. It’s why I’m still playing,” he explained.“The best example was the Champions League. It wasn’t normal to win it three times in a row.”“It was at this moment when we realised the hunger that we had inside our team,” he added further, before concluding:“This hunger is coming back this season, without knowing where it will take us.”has revealed when he plans to retire from football.Kroos admitted that he does not see himself playing football for years and years to come, having turned 30 in January and also having won virtually everything there is to win in the game, including four Champions League titles and a FIFA World Cup.“I’m 30 years old and it’s a good age to think – what more do I want?” he told Sportschau Club in an interview.“[My career] won’t last much longer. And I’m sure that I won’t play until I’m 38.”The German midfielder indicated that he has started to plan ahead, with his current contract at Real Madrid all set to expire in 2023.“I’ve been here [Real Madrid] for more than five years and we’re very happy here,” he said, before adding:“Our children go to school here and they’re also very happy. In the end, they will make the decision.”And despite dropping hints about his retirement plans, Kroos revealed that he is still motivated to win trophies with Los Blancos. Promoted Content8 Amazing Facts About Ancient Egypt7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Plus-Size Babes Who Will Make Your Heart RaceBest Car Manufacturers In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World Read Also: Real Madrid, Barcelona battle Man Utd for £60m-rated Grealish“The feeling of winning a trophy is addictive. It’s why I’m still playing,” he explained.“The best example was the Champions League. It wasn’t normal to win it three times in a row.”“It was at this moment when we realised the hunger that we had inside our team,” he added further, before concluding:“This hunger is coming back this season, without knowing where it will take us.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Kroos admitted that he does not see himself playing football for years and years to come, having turned 30 in January and also having won virtually everything there is to win in the game, including four Champions League titles and a FIFA World Cup. Following Real Madrid’s humiliating 4-3 loss against Real Sociedad on Thursday night and their subsequent elimination from the Copa del Rey, star midfielder Toni Kroos has revealed when he plans to retire from football.Advertisementlast_img read more

Kevin Modesti: Credibility is everything to Lasorda

first_imgPut that in your dirty book, Babydol. “Respect, that’s a good word (for it),” Lasorda said one morning this week in describing his quest of the past decade. VERO BEACH, Fla. – Now let’s talk about what Tom Lasorda is really looking for. Appreciation. Credibility. Respect. Amazing how good a proud man can feel when he works with people who talk and listen to him. It wasn’t always this way as Lasorda went from manager to general manager to vice president to his current position – third on the front-office roster below Frank and Jamie McCourt – as “special advisor to the chairman;” as the ownership changed hands from Peter O’Malley to the Fox Group to the McCourts; as the general manager’s office spun from Kevin Malone to Dan Evans to Paul DePodesta to Ned Colletti. He drove, talked and told the rare Lasorda story that lacks a punch line. “When I retired (in 1996),” Lasorda said, “Peter O’Malley told everybody, `He’s going to be able to help each of you, in all departments. But I don’t want you to overload him.’ That was the thing; they were going to utilize my expertise. Then a new regime came in, and they never wanted to utilize my expertise. They never asked me about players or anything like that. I always felt that’s not my problem, that’s their problem. I’m here to help, and if they don’t (want it), fine. “Then McCourt came in. When he was in the process of getting the club, he said he wanted to see me. I flew to Boston, and I’ll never forget it … I froze my ass off. He said, `If I get the club, I want you.’ I said, `Frank, you got me.’ Well, he brought this feeling back to me. He talked to me and he listened to me. “Bob Daly was here five years (running the Dodgers for Fox), and never once did he ask me about a ballplayer. And listen to this: Prior to that I must have had lunch with him 20 times, and he asked me about every ballplayer you can think of. So when he came in (as owner), I thought, `This guy’s going to lean on me.’ (The GMs) were nice to me, but they didn’t take me as I wanted to be. “I don’t want to be hanging around here just because of who I am. I want to be here because I can help and I know the game and I work at it and I go see the minor leaguers. It means an awful lot to me.” Lasorda thanks the McCourts, Colletti, assistant GM for scouting Logan White and manager Grady Little for making him feel welcome again. He recounted a conversation with Colletti during the Dodgers’ winter promotional caravan. “Ned called me aside and said, `I went you in the meetings, I want your advice,’ ” Lasorda said. “I went home and said, `Jo (his wife), he made me feel great today.’ ” Indeed, he said he’s happy in his work again. “When I left (managing), this was the way it was supposed to be,” Lasorda said. “I don’t know what word I can use. (Frank McCourt) gave me my credibility back.” [email protected] (818) 713-3616 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img Lasorda spoke while steering a golf cart among practice diamonds and gathering spots of Dodgertown. I’d hopped aboard to find out how the Dodgers’ Hall of Fame ex-manager and eternal icon is doing since last week, when he was forced to deny the nasty innuendo in a kiss (and more)-and-tell memoir by self-described Hollywood Super Madam Jody “Babydol” Gibson. The answer is a mix of the obvious, inevitable and – for Lasorda’s many fans – gratifying. The much-gossiped-about sex allegation, in the book chapter with his purported response when Gibson asks “what you’re looking for,” weighs heavily on a grandfather worried about his family’s feelings even as he suppresses a fight-back instinct in the hope the story will eventually die. His legs hurt, from a nerve in his back and maybe because of his weight, which is why the one-time Brooklyn pitcher who will turn 80 on Sept. 22 called a spring-training-long pause in his perpetual speaker’s tour. But at his emotional home, in the world of baseball and the Dodgertown complex he’s been coming to since 1949, he seems to feel as fulfilled as he’s been in the 10-plus years since he managed. last_img