World Cup winning star Toni Kroos has officially become a Real Madrid player in one of the worst kept secrets of the summer transfer window.
Kroos, one of the outstanding players of the World Cup, has agreed a six-year deal with Los Blancos worth €25 million with a further €5 million in bonuses. The midfielder will earn around €6 million per season for his efforts.
He follows in the footsteps of Günter Netzer, Paul Breitner, Uli Stielike, Bernd Schuster, Bodo Illgner, Christoph Metzelder, Mesut Özil and Sami Khedira as Germans to make the move to the Bernabeu.
The midfielder still had a year left on his contract with the Bavarian Champions however the club were not prepared to break their strict pay-structure, although they did offer him a new deal which he declined.
Manchester United were also after the player and although meeting the fee wasn't a problem, United failed to agree personal terms with Kroos.
The 24-year old capped 51-times by his country, has spent the last four years with Bayern Munich, eight years in total, winning the Champions League and the last two Bundesliga titles, capping it off with a World Cup winners medal in Brazil.
Outstanding World Cup
According to FIFA statistics, Kroos was the best player during the recent World Cup in Madrid when you take into account, pass completion, accuracy, assists and goals scored highlighting the all-round midfield ability of the new Bernabeu recruit.
The German topped the passing charts at the World Cup, completing 544 passes, and was second with his 43 balls into the area, just behind Di María on 47.
He also scored two goals and ran 15 kilometres during the tournament, highlighting his intense work-rate
On this evidence it appears Real Madrid have pulled off one of the best value signings of the summer and the prospect of seeing Kroos line up alongside Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo is one that will no doubt get the juices of the passionate Bernabeu faithful flowing.
Kroos has a superbly accurate passing ability that will without question provide quality ball for Real's attacking trio, and his ability to going forward will also give Los Blancos an additional goal source.
Kroos the complete midfielder
Pep Guardiola would love to have kept the midfield man however after such a long association with the Bavarian Champions, Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge sent the player on his way with sincere best wishes.
"We thank Toni Kroos for his time in Munich,"
"We have achieved here with him great success. We wish him and his family all the best in Madrid and Real."
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