With Germany still in the World Cup, midfielder Toni Kroos said he would speak on his future when the competition is over. He made it clear that he knew where he was playing next season. Now reports from Spanish paper Marca and the German Bild have confirmed that Kroos will leave Bundesliga power Bayern Munich for La Liga powerhouse Real Madrid.
The reported transfer fee will be between $34 million and $41 million with Kroos earning about $16 million per year over the length of a new five year contract. Kroos and Bayern were said to be feuding over money all season long. This resulted in a reduction in playing time for Kroos followed by rumors of a tense relationship with coach Pep Guardiola. The final offer from Bayern was around $13.5 million. If you factor in the difference in taxes, the yearly compensation is almost equal that of his Real Madrid contract.
Both his old and new team will feature in the Champions League this year, but there may be more appeal for Kroos to play with Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo. The play on the field will be more dynamic and less about possession. Kroos will have more freedom to shoot from distance, which is one of his many talents. Guardiola often told his Bayern team that long distance shots were just wasted possession. With the money being about the same in the long run, it seems there was merit to the differences between Kroos and the Bayern camp.
Other reports say that Bayern and Kroos turned down offers from Chelsea and Manchester United. Kroos was offered to Barcelona, but they chose to pursue Ivan Rakitic. With one year remaining on his contract it is clear that Kroos was on his way out. Given the situation in Munich, Kroos will be smiling on and off the field in Madrid.