Toni Kroos agrees six-year deal to join Real Madrid

2014-07-17 11:29

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Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has signed a six-year deal to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich.

The 24-year-old was instrumental in Germany's World Cup-winning campaign, which culminated in a 1-0 victory over Argentina in the final on Sunday. Kroos will move to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for a fee believed to be in the region of 25 million euros (R361 million).

Kroos is Real’s first signing ahead of the new season, and he could well take over set-piece duties from Xabi Alonso. His arrival could also lead to the departure of Germany team mate Sami Khedira, who has been linked with a move to England.

“We are grateful to Toni Kroos for his time in Munich,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was reported as saying on the club’s website (www.fcbayern.de).

“Together we had great achievements here and we wish he and his family all the best in Madrid with Real.”

Kroos joined the Bayern youth set-up in 2006. He was a key member of the back-to-back domestic double-winning side of the past two seasons after a short loan spell at Bayer Leverkusen.

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