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Toni Kroos explains why he signed for Real Madrid and not Man United

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It may be hard to believe, but back in 2013, David Moyes was on the verge of bringing Toni Kroos to Manchester United.

Although the Scot's spell at Old Trafford isn't exactly fondly remembered, he certainly tried to make an impact during his time with the club.

He would only last one short season before Louis Van Gaal would take the reigns and although he brought an FA Cup triumph to the club, his tenure at the club is hardly revered either.

The likes of Adnan Januzaj and Memphis Depay - creative players - found themselves on the outskirts of the club under the Dutchman and ended up having to find new clubs.

But, they wasn't his biggest mistakes. According to the Manchester Evening News, Van Gaal was the one who pulled the plug on a deal to bring Kroos to the club, too.

Speaking on his decision to join Real Madrid in 2014 amid the interest from United, Kroos remains happy in his decision. Hardly a surprise since he has won two Champions League titles since.

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

“Clearly, if you go abroad to a top club, it means one more step in your development.

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“Carlo Ancelotti wanted me in Madrid, and had bet on me.”

Now Kroos is an integral part of the Madrid team alongside Luka Modric in midfield and his boss is the legendary Zinedine Zidane.

Although Ancelotti gave him his start, it is under Zidane where the German has truly flourished.

He added: "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.

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"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," Kroos insisted.

Who knows, maybe United would never have signed Paul Pogba if they had managed to get their hands on Kroos. Ander Herrera might not have flourished like he has either.

Still, there must be a portion of United fans that would have preferred Kroos...

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