Toni Kroos takes dig at Manchester United and admits ‘close move’ to Old Trafford

Toni Kroos takes dig at Manchester United and admits 'close move' to Old Trafford

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos admitted that he was close to joining Manchester United under David Moyes and took a sly dig at United with Real success.

Man United showed strong interest in signing Kroos from Bayern Munich in 2014 during Moyes’ reign but that didn’t materialise despite both parties wanting the same goal.

The Germany international explained how close he went to moving to Manchester United after the deal had been agreed verbally by Bayern, Man United and his agent.

“I knew beforehand that [meeting David Moyes in person] Manchester United wanted me, and Moyes absolutely underlined that,” Kroos said via Daily Mail.

“It was a really nice afternoon with very pleasant people. We talked a lot about United’s football plan, which convinced me.

“We agreed verbally [to join Man United]. The next step should be to look at everything on the spot in Manchester. The move would not have been that complicated – after all, we only had one child at the time, seven months old. It would all have worked.

“I’m not someone who thinks about hypotheticals. Yes, it was close. I almost went to Manchester United. But that’s not how things turned out. I don’t have these what-if-thoughts. Because there are no real answers to them.”

Toni Kroos takes a sly dig at Manchester United
Toni Kroos takes a sly dig at Manchester United

Manchester United eventually signed Marouane Fellaini from Everton as an alternative to the German midfielder, who eventually joined Real Madrid after the United deal fell behind.

Kroos would go on to win three Champions League titles with Real Madrid and some other top honours during his eight-year stay at Santiago Bernabeu.

The 32-year-old claimed that he wouldn’t have achieved such success at Manchester United if he had joined The Red Devils.

“The only thing I can say with certainty is that I probably wouldn’t have won the Champions League three times with Manchester United,” Kroos added.

“Man United is too big a club to be there for a year or two. This is not a club where you go to finish your career. You have to be there for three or four years and both the player and club must have a clear idea.”