Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid: Bayern Munich confirm World Cup winner Kroos has joined Real Madrid for undisclosed fee
Kroos was hugely influential in Germany's success in Brazil but has agreed to join Real as Bayern feared losing him for free next summer
Thursday 17 July 2014
Germany's World Cup winner Toni Kroos has joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old midfielder has signed a six-year contract with the current Champions League holders.
"We would like to thank Toni Kroos for his time here in Munich," said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
"We enjoyed great success here together. We would like to wish him and his family all the best in Madrid and with Real."
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Kroos won three Bundesliga titles in four seasons with Bayern, clinching the DFB-Pokal three times and being part of the historic treble-winning side of 2012/13.
That year they also clinched the Champions League, before winning the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup last season.
In total, Kroos made 173 Bundesliga appearances, scoring 23 goals, 13 for Bayern and 10 during an 18-month loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen.
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The midfielder was an ever-present for Germany at the World Cup, lifting the trophy in Rio de Janeiro last Sunday.
He joins compatriot Sami Khedira in Madrid and will be presented to the media later on Thursday after undergoing a medical.
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