World Cup star Toni Kroos has joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich for a fee in the region of £20m.
Kroos, who starred in Germany’s World Cup triumph in Brazil, said on Thursday to reporters that he would be joining Madrid “tomorrow or the day after”. [KROOS CONFIRMS HE WILL JOIN REAL MADRID] Now Bayern have confirmed that the talented midfielder’s transfer to the Bernabeu has been formally agreed. “We thank Toni Kroos for his time in Munich, said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern chief executive.
“We have achieved great success with him here. We wish him and his family all the best in Madrid and with Real.” The 24-year-old, born in the old East Germany, who started his senior career with Bayern, has signed a six-year contract and will reportedly earn £5.3m a year after tax.
Kroos only had one year left on his contract so a player who scored two goals and claimed four assists in seven World Cup matches moves for an undisclosed fee which is reported to be just €25-30 million (£19.8-23.7m).
Spanish paper Marca reports Kroos will be presented as a Real Madrid player at 4pm UK time on Thursday. The headline at the top of Thursday’s edition reads: “The day of Kroos.” Real Madrid are expected to sell Germany team-mate Sami Khedira to find space in their squad for Kroos. Arsenal have agreed a fee with the Spanish club but reports on Thursday suggest Chelsea have made a late attempt to sign him.