Toni Kroos Opens Up on Bayern Munich Departure & Reveals Ongoing Commitment to Real Madrid

Toni Kroos has spoken about his move from Bayern Munich to Real Madrid, admitting that he is planning to spend at least a few more years with Los Blancos.

The 30-year-old joined the Spanish giants back in 2014, leaving Bayern after eight years rising up through the ranks. Looking back on the move to Madrid years later, the German midfielder spoke about the transfer and the relationship with his former club.

Toni Kroos playing for Bayern München in 2014.

Speaking to Eurosport, Kroos said: “In hindsight, you can say that one or the other regretted letting me go. Even if Bayern are not used to a player leaving voluntarily, it was just like that- absolutely nothing got stuck.

“There is not one person in the club with whom I have a problem or with whom I would wish for something bad.”

Kroos joined Bayern’s youth setup in 2006, when he was 16 years old. The German joined the first team setup just a year later, where he soon became an integral part of Die Roten’s midfield over the next few years.

Toni Kroos lifts the Champions League trophy.

His stint at Bayern was one of the most successful of his career, in the side that has dominated German football in recent times. Kroos won nine major honours in 205 appearances for the Bavarians, including three Bundesliga titles and the Champions League.

Kroos left Germany for Real Madrid in July 2014, moving to the Santiago Bernabeu for £22.5m. He has since won 11 trophies with Los Blancos in an era of continental and global domination, winning three consecutive Champions League titles and four Club World Cups.

Kroos’ Real contract runs until 2023, and the German made his intention of seeing out his deal clear.

“I definitely plan to be with Real for these three years,” Kroos noted. “Then it is a good time at 33 to question yourself: what does it look like physically, what does motivation look like – do I still feel like it to keep going?”

Real Madrid CF’s Toni Kroos.

The 30-year-old also ruled out a future move to England, dismissing rumours of a possible reunion with former manager Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, adding: “But then a move to England, which is also played very physically, I can’t imagine that at 33. “

Speaking on his future with Los Blancos, he concluded: “Three years in football are long – three years at Real Madrid are even longer. [I] cannot imagine that it is an option for me to go somewhere else again.”


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