Confidence is not in short supply if you are a German player these days so it was no surprise to hear Toni Kroos back his chances of forging a successful career at Real Madrid as he was announced by the reigning European champions on Thursday. After a flirtation with Manchester United at the end of last season when David Moyes was still at Old Trafford, the 24-year-old’s decison to reject the offer of a new contract with Bayern Munich has taken him to the Bernabéu instead in a deal thought to be worth around £20m. Perhaps it was the self-assurance that comes from leading your country to victory in the World Cup final four days previously but Kroos – who scored two goals in the 7-1 destruction of Brazil in the semi-finals – was clearly not overawed as he was presented in front of 8,000 fans before taking to the pitch wearing his new No8 shirt. “I know that at this club you are expected to win trophies but I’m the right man for that because I’m used to winning,” said Kroos, who joins on a six-year deal. “I know this is the correct decision and I’m very proud to have made it. I cannot think of anything more wonderful than being here. This is the biggest club in the world. In 2013 I won the Champions League and in 2014 Real won it, and I hope we can win it again next year. I hope to be able to return the confidence this club has shown in me.” He added: “I like pressure, I have done ever since I started playing. In Bayern there is also only one option, to win. I’m here to win trophies and that’s what stimulates me.” United’s pursuit of Kroos came to an end after the German reportedly held talks with Louis van Gaal before the World Cup but it is believed the lack of Champions League football at Old Trafford next season was a major factor in his decision. That will not be an issue at Real, who won their record 10th European crown last season by beating rivals Atlético Madrid. A product of Hansa Rostock’s youth system before moving to Bayern at the age of 15, Kroos has won three Bundesliga titles and three German Cups in addition to the Champions League and World Cup.
Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid from Bayern Munich for £20m
The Guardian | Jul 17