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With the Germany international signing on the dotted line at the Bernabeu, what will coach Carlo Ancelotti's starting XI be next season?

While most Real Madrid fans will have greeted the confirmation of Toni Kroos' arrival at the Santiago Bernabeu with delight, some of the club's current midfielders may be expecting a difficult summer ahead.

Furthermore, with a gigantic selection headache to come, coach Carlo Ancelotti would be forgiven for tempering his anticipation with a dose of trepidation given the task he will be faced with some 50 times this season.

As Madrid gets set to tackle the sextuple of targets that lies ahead in La Liga, the Champions League, the Copa del Rey, the Club World Cup, and the Spanish and European Super Cups, the club has moved to add a previously unseen depth of quality to the ranks.

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And Kroos’ signing means that Ancelotti must face letting down a number of star players every time he makes a team selection next season, or indeed lose one or two of them entirely in order to retain a harmonious atmosphere.

Last season’s successes in the Copa del Rey and particularly the Champions League owed much to the use of Angel di Maria alongside Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso, a position from which he could provide the original impetus for many of Madrid’s attacks.

But having fought off the competition of Mesut Ozil to remain at the club 12 months ago, the Argentine could yet be sold off to offset the arrival of Kroos from Bayern Munich. However, other options are open to Ancelotti.

Alonso has begun to show more significant signs of being unable to put in full 90-minute shifts three times in a seven-day period, meaning his spot could regularly be up for grabs over the course of what promises to be a long and arduous campaign.

Elsewhere, Luka Modric had a magnificent season in 2013-14 and it would be a surprise if he faced reduced game time because of the workload to come.

And with Sami Khedira — if he stays — and Isco both expected to push for further playing time, as well as there being more expected of Asier Illarramendi in his second season in Madrid, there is plenty available to the Italian coach.

Kroos could well be used initially as an alternative to Modric and Alonso, with a settled first XI unlikely to fully emerge until well into the season when midweeks off become slightly more prevalent.

Here is how Real Madrid could potentially line up with new man Kroos to begin the season, with soon-to-be-confirmed signing Keylor Navas also inserted at Diego Lopez's and Iker Casillas' expense between the sticks. Pick your own Madrid team below.



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