Perez pays tribute to Real Madrid Legend Di Stefano

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The Spanish club broke the news on their Twitter feed with a simple message: “Alfredo Di Stefano died on Monday at 88 years old”, accompanied with the hashtags, #EternoAlfredo (forever Alfredo) and #Leyenda (legend).

Thousands of fans are expected to say a final goodbye to Di Stefano at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, where his remains will be on public view all day Tuesday

Real Madrid, President, Florentino Perez, led the tributes as he hailed Alfredo Di Stefano as the best player ever to have played the game in the wake of the legendary forward’s death at the age of 88.

“Today is a day of absolute sadness for Real Madrid and dare I say it the entire football world,” Perez told assembled journalists. “Di Stefano was the most important player in the history of Real Madrid and the best footballer of all time.

“Alfredo Di Stefano is Real Madrid. He was decisive, determined and changed the destiny of this institution. He was able to extend the passion for Real Madrid to all corners of the world.

Kroos says his decision is made

Real Madrid transfer target Toni Kroos says he has come to a decision over his future. The Germany international has been tipped to leave Bayern Munich this summer as he heads into the final year of his contract with the Bundesliga champions.

“I’ve made a decision,” Kroos told Munich newspaper TZ.

“First I want to play at the World Cup. When that is over my decision will be known. I still have a week.”

Kroos was linked earlier this year with Premier League side Manchester United. However, the appointment of former Bayern coach Louis van Gaal as manager at Old Trafford has seen United’s interest in him come to an end.

There appear to be two possible likelihoods. Either Kroos will see out his contract at Bayern, or he will join Real Madrid in a deal worth €25million (£19.9million; $34million).

However, former Germany international Lothar Matthaus thinks the decision will involve a move to Real Madrid and he thinks it will be great move for the European champions.

“Congratulations to Real Madrid, they’ve got themselves a genius there,” said Matthaus. “All the same, I’d have preferred him to stay at Munich.

“Toni is very intelligent, he passes the ball brilliantly and he can shoot hard and accurately, too. Ronaldo and Bale can really expand alongside him – Robben and Ribéry have in the past few years.

“He isn’t a central midfielder; he’s more of a false 9 who should go through the middle, behind the forwards. I can imagine Cristiano Ronaldo, Kroos and Bale together in that line of three behind Benzema. He is like Modric in that way, though Modric can play as a central midfielder and Kroos is not one of those”.

Kroos’s decision could have an effect on Real midfielder Sami Khedira. The Germany international will also decide his future after the World Cup.

Khedira is out of contract in 2015 and has been linked with interest from Premier League side Arsenal. However, the Madrid-based newspaper Marca claims that both the player and Real coach Carlo Ancelotti want him to remain at the Bernabeu and a new contract could be on the horizon.

Khedira missed much of last season through injury, though he returned for Real’s final three La Liga games of the season.

Real Madrid set €40m price to let Sami Khedira leave

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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will only allow Sami Khedira to be sold this summer if Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea table an “irresistible” €40m offer, despite already agreeing a deal to sign his German international team-mate Toni Kroos.

That is according to Madrid-based daily Marca, who believe that Ancelotti would prefer to keep the versatile midfielder and persuade him to sign a new contract as he weighs up who will have to leave to make room for potent playmaker Kroos.