Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, has finally opened about his transfer rumors with Manchester United and Liverpool, post his move to Madrid in the 2014 summer transfer.
While Kroos was shining higher and higher playing for Bayern Munich, Liverpool was the first Premier League club to approach and make a transfer contract with the German midfielder. And Liverpool sold their ace striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona for £75million which later put them in deeper issues and a weaker team positioning.
After Suarez getting sold at £75million it was later decided that a lump sum amount can be put to use and reinvested in getting in another attacking force like Toni Kroos, which seemed to be a perfect fit.
In a recent conversation with Liverpool chiefs, Kroos stated,
“It wasn’t a straight chat-up line but they offered to tell me more about the club and so on,”
However, Kroos was open to moving to Liverpool after receiving texts from Liverpool coach Steve Gerrard and Suarez – but there were some hidden facts which Kroos found tricky.
Kroos added, laughing:
“The funny thing was, Suarez was about to leave to Barcelona anyway.”
Manchester United, under the supervision of Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, then issued negotiations with the midfielder.
However, results on the pitch were not up to scratch and Moyes was axed with Louis van Gaal brought in as his replacement.
“David Moyes had come to see me and the contract had basically been done,” Kroos added.
“But then Moyes was fired and Louis van Gaal came in, which complicated matters.
“Louis wanted time to build his own project. I didn’t hear anything from United for a while and started having doubts.”
While there was a lot of hype of him getting transferred, Kroos, on the other hand, went on to win the World Cup with Germany. That tempted the then-Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti and the rest is history.
“Then the World Cup started and Carlo Ancelotti called,” Kroos reflected.
“And that was it.”
Real’s standards have dropped since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus in 2018.
“A lot of us didn’t play our best football last season,” Kroos admits.
“After three Champions League wins in a row, you could perhaps expect to lose a bit of sharpness and it took us time to adjust to the loss of the 40 or 50 goals Cristiano Ronaldo guaranteed each year.
“But at Real Madrid, that’s unacceptable. When we were knocked out by Ajax [in the last 16], many suggested that it was the end of this team.
“We were written off as over the hill but that only provided extra motivation for us to prove them all wrong.”