Former Liverpool defender Steve Nicol has ruled out the prospect of Toni Kroos leaving Real Madrid to join Manchester United in the summer.
And reports have claimed that the 55-year-old has identified Kroos, who came close to an Old Trafford move in 2014, as an ideal replacement for the club’s captain.
But Nicol, speaking on ESPN, was adamant that the Champions League winners would not allow Kroos to leave the club over the summer.
“He would enhance anybody,” he said. “I just don’t see it happening (to Man United).”
“I think Real Madrid right now do need to make changes but I don’t see it being in the middle of the park with Toni Kroos.
“I think Toni Kroos absolutely is cemented at Real Madrid rght now. So this 100 per cent for me is a stay.”
There will be big changes at the Bernabeu in the summer. Florentino Perez, having claimed his third Champions League in four years as Real president, sat on his laurels last year and allowed Paris Saint Germain to pull off the biggest financial power-moves of the transfer window.
And while this hasn’t effected their continental campaign, their domestic campaign has reeked of stagnancy, of a need for a new personnel, new ideas.
The likes of Gareth Bale, Isco, Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and possibly even Karim Benzema could be moved along, but the idea of Kroos – the glue of the team, the man who seamlessly helps play tick along – accompanying that contingent is extremely unlikely given the destabilising effect it could have on the Spanish side.