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Toni Kroos reveals what Lionel Messi must do to leave Barcelona for Real Madrid

Lionel Messi

SPAIN – Real Madrid midfielder, Toni Kroos, has admitted he would be unlikely for Lionel Messi to join from Barcelona.

According to Kroos, the 33-year-old needs to show “cojones” to remain in Spain.

Messi’s future at the Camp Nou is uncertain, with the player having informed the club of his desire to leave.

He has been linked with a reunion with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, with Inter Milan and Paris Saint-Germain also keen.

“I do not think he will come to Real Madrid, if I have to rule it out categorically,” Kroos said on the Einfach mal Luppen podcast.

“To stay in Spain: You need cojones for that. I think hardly anyone in the football world can imagine Barcelona without Messi.”

LaLiga have insisted that any potential buyers must pay the 33-year-old’s €700 million (£624m) release clause.

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