Jul 15, 2014, 11:28 AM EST
German World Cup winner Toni Kroos is expected to officially be unveiled as a Real Madrid player on Thursday, as the central midfielder is set to sign for the reigning European Champions.
Following Germany’s 1-0 World Cup final win over Argentina on Sunday, Kroos reportedly confirmed to Brazilian news outlet UOL that he’s heading to the Spanish capital to play for Real after spending his entire career at Bayern Munich.
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Kroos has long been chased by Manchester United in the Premier League, and plenty of Europe’s biggest clubs, but it looks a certainty that he is set to sign for Carlo Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu. Kroos is said to have agreed a five-year at Real and his $30 million transfer will be confirmed in the next 48 hours.
The 24-year-old is certainly looking forward to his Spanish switch.
“We’ve finished the World Cup in the best way possible. Now I’m going to Madrid, so that’s two dreams achieved,” Kroos said.
How have Real picked up one of the best midfielders at the World Cup for just $30 million? Kroos only has one year left on his current Bayern deal and the Bavarian giants wanted to try and cash in on his talents instead of potentially losing him for nothing at the end of the 2014-15 season.
Real are getting one of the finest midfielders of a generation. The way Kroos caresses the ball with pace and precision from right to left, the fact that always seems to be available and isn’t afraid to shoot (his two goals in the World Cup semifinal proved that) will turn him into a fans favorite. Playing in a box-to-box role or supporting a lone striker, Kroos’ vision and ability to keep the ball will help Real get their attacks going.
Kroos is likely to line up in central midfield as the more attacking player in front of a holder such as Xabi Alonso or Sami Khedira, and act as the link to Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Imagine Kroos’ pinpoint passes playing in Ronaldo and Bale?
He should slot in just fine at Real.
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