Heynckes: Kroos should retire

Former Real Madrid and Bayern Munich boss Jupp Heynckes believes Toni Kroos should end his career on a high and “hang up his boots” at 27.

Kroos added a third Champions League and fourth League title to his bow with Madrid last season, having already helped Germany to World Cup glory in 2014, prompting Heynckes to suggest there was nowhere else for his former midfielder and compatriot to go.

“Toni’s a strategist, he’s improved a lot at Real Madrid and he plays football like any Coach would want,” the ex-Athletic Bilbao Coach told Bild.

“He’s undoubtedly one of the best midfielders in the world, alongside Casemiro and Modric, who’s the best midfielder in the world.

“Kroos is 27 years old and has won three Champions Leagues, a treble with Bayern Munich and a World Cup. He should hang up his boots.”

However, Kroos replied: “I can’t leave [football] now, even if I’ve won everything.

“There are always new objectives with Real Madrid and the national team and I want to win everything possible.”

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