Toni Kroos explains why he chose Real Madrid over Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has spoken out about his decision to pick Real Madrid over Manchester United back in 2014, noting that Carlo Ancelotti’s influence was important.

The German’s name has been attached to the club for some time: David Moyes recently admitted that he failed to sign him during his time at Old Trafford and Jose Mourinho made a move for him last year. 

But Kroos, following a superb World Cup with Germany, promptly moved to the Bernabeu and has since claimed two Champions League titles and a La Liga title.

Speaking earlier this week, the 27-year-old made it clear that there were no doubts in his mind over joining Madrid.

“My change of team was correct, in fact, from my point of view there is no doubt about it,” he said.

“Clearly, if you go abroad to a top club, it means one more step in your development. Carlo Ancelotti wanted me in Madrid, and had bet on me.”

“From the beginning, he (Zidane) gave me a lot of confidence and in his two years he’s played me in almost every game, especially in the big games.

“Trust me, I will always try to give everything for the team. We have a good relationship. A friendly relationship with the coach is important for each player.”

We have to remember that Kroos was the best player in Brazil back in 2014. Not Lionel Messi. Not James Rodriguez. He was imperious in a subtler but more enduring way, and to the footballing purist – the tactical obsessive – he was a midfielder who stood above the rest.

And when that happens, there is only one place you end up: at the best club side in the world. They were back then and they still are. How could United, with no Champions League football following an historically abysmal campaign under David Moyes, ever compete with that?

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