Toni Kroos joins Real Madrid for €25m

World Cup winner and Bayern Munich star was once a target for Manchester United

Toni Kroos celebrating Germany’s World Cup win. The midfielder is to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich.  Photograph: Markus Gilliar /  Getty Images

Toni Kroos celebrating Germany’s World Cup win. The midfielder is to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich. Photograph: Markus Gilliar / Getty Images

Thu, Jul 17, 2014, 12:38

German World Cup winner Toni Kroos has joined Real Madrid on a six-year deal for a fee in the region of €25 million.

The club he is leaving, Bayern Munich, tweeted: “DONE DEAL: Toni Kroos will make an immediate switch to Real Madrid after the clubs reached an agreement.”

We thank Toni Kroos for his time in Munich,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bayern chief executive. “We have achieved great success with him here. We wish him and his family all the best in Madrid and with Real.”

The 24-year-old, born in the old East Germany and one of the successes of this year’s World Cup finals, will reportedly earn €6.5m a year after tax.

Marca reported that Kroos will wear the number eight shirt for the European champions and will be presented to the Spanish public at 4pm.

Rummenigge had confirmed on Tuesday that negotiations had opened with the Champions League winners.

Kroos’s contract at Bayern had only a year to run and the player had been unsettled for some time, with Manchester United among his suitors.

After Germany’s World Cup victory, Kroos left for a holiday in Mallorca where he met up with his agent and announced his intention to leave for Madrid and finalise his deal.

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