Germany international and Real Madrid playmaker, Toni Kroos has admitted that he would have signed for Chelsea had he not move to Real Madrid in the wake of the summer.
The Real Madrid star disclosed that the only club in England he would have signed for after leaving Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich is Chelsea, despite being wanted by Manchester United, and almost signing the playmaker in the 2013 summer.
Kroos, 24, who had a successful World Cup campaign in the summer, became the target of top European clubs after finding himself in the midst of stuffed midfielders at Bayern Munich, and with the addition of Mario Gotze to Pep Guardiola’s side, Kroos was indirectly told to look for first team football elsewhere.
Talks over a new contract in Munich had broken down earlier in 2014 as Bayern were unwilling to meet Kroos’ salary demands. With only a year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena, the 24 year old was sold to avoid him leaving for free in the summer of 2015.
He became the top transfer target for United in the summer but the 24-year-old midfielder is resolute that a deal with Old Trafford was never a possibility, as the only Premier League club he would sign for is Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea.
The World Cup winner who eventually settled for Real Madrid after several media speculation to sign for Carlo Ancelotti’s side for £20 million spoke to German media. The playmaker said: “I’m happy to have been given the chance to try something new. Even though it’s only been a short while I feel like it was the right decision.
“Madrid is a special club and the challenge I was looking for after my long successful career at Bayern. Madrid, Bayern, Barcelona and Chelsea are the biggest clubs at the moment, so I would only have swapped one for another.”
Manchester United had long been looking for a perfect replacement to fill the hole Paul Scholes left behind, and Toni Kroos’ reason for choosing to play for the Spanish giants is because he considers them to be one of the best and Chelsea would have been the other alternative despite United’s desperation.
Kroos had a difficult start at Madrid after the departure of Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich; he became the subject of criticism for a playmaker with no defensive discipline but has so far enjoyed a wonderful campaign for both club and country.
The playmaker’s ability is still being questioned despite contributing to Madrid’s tremendous goal rate of 2.37 goals per game. The 24 year old faces a tough task ahead as Real Madrid faces Barcelona in the season’s first el clasico match at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Toni Kroos has made three assists in 7 Spanish la liga games so far this term.