Toni Kroos isn't willing to discuss a potential move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid during Germany's World Cup run, ensuring the midfielder's future remains firmly in the headlines until Joachim Low's side reach a conclusion in Brazil.
Kroos was questioned on a potential switch to Los Blancos after Germany's narrow round-of-16 win over Algeria. As reported by Miguel Angel Lara of Marca, the 24-year-old playmaker isn't ready to address the latest development in an ongoing saga that appears destined to conclude with the player moving away from Bavaria:
"Now's not the time to talk about that sort of thing," said Kroos. "My mind is focussed on Germany and the goal of winning the World Cup. That's what's important right now."
Kroos has started all four of Germany's World Cup matches, providing one assist en route to the side's quarter-final showdown with France.
As noted by WhoScored.com, he currently possesses a pass success rate of 91.4 percent for the tournament, 2.3 tackles and two shots on target every match, stats that highlight his diverse set of attributes.
Germany-based pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft tweeted a Bild headline that indicates Real's wish to secure the player's future before too long:
While the Real faithful could soon see their midfield strengthened, it may be the end of an era for long-serving goalkeeper Iker Casillas. At 33 years old, and having been at the club since 1990, it seems the Spanish legend may be on his way out alongside fellow stopper Diego Lopez, as Carlo Ancelotti looks to offer the No. 1 spot to one of two new arrivals.
Marca provides the details:
According to TV channel 'Antena 3', Real Madrid are plotting a complete overhaul of their goalkeeping department, with Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez set to leave this summer and Kiko Casilla and Keylor Navas to arrive in their place. This would be one way of resolving the club's current conundrum between the sticks in one fell swoop.
Both Kiko Casilla and Keylor Navas continue to impress in La Liga, but the latter's stunning World Cup with Costa Rica could see him enjoy a lengthy spell between the Bernabeu sticks. Both keepers are 27 years old and have established themselves at club level with Espanyol and Levante respectively, offering a fresh alternative to Real's ageing stars.
Navas continues to star in Costa Rica's surprise run to the World Cup quarter-finals. He provided one of the tournament's most important, and perhaps best, saves during the round-of-16 penalty shootout win over Greece, noted by Kevin Palmer of the Sunday World:
Navas' international teammate Celso Borges said: "He’s born in Mars or Venus or something," per Matt Barlow of the Daily Mail. With a buyout clause of just £6.5 million, he also offers real value for money.
Real's transfer business can be expected to pick up when the World Cup concludes. Both Ancelotti and president Florentino Perez will undoubtedly wish to strengthen on the back of La Decima, as the side will be tasked with improving on their La Liga showing after finishing third during the 2013-14 season.
Kroos would surely become an integral part of the club's future if he can be attained, while a fresh dose of inspiration in goal may help Real finally topple the doubts that have surrounded Casillas since Jose Mourinho's tenure with the club.