SWC winner Kroos joins Real

Munich - Germany Soccer World Cup winner Toni Kroos on Thursday agreed a deal to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich on a six-year contract, the Spanish giants announced.

The 24-year-old midfielder moves to the European champions on the back of an outstanding World Cup.

He scored two goals in as many minutes in the 7-1 semi-final rout of Brazil, en route to overcoming Argentina 1-0 in Sunday's final.

Kroos, whose contract with Bayern expired next season, sided with Real over touted moves to the likes of Manchester United or Chelsea.

He arrives at the Santiago Bernabeu with 11 trophies already on his CV, Sunday's World Cup the jewel in a collection including the 2013 Champions League, Bundesliga titles and the Club World Cup.

He joined Bayern as a teenager in 2007, making his first team appearance at the age of 17. He became a regular after an 18-month loan spell at Bundesliga rivals Bayern Leverkusen.

This is the second high profile World Cup player to move to La Liga, following Luis Suarez's £75 million move from Manchester City to Real's arch rivals Barcelona.

The path from the World Cup to Spain could also see Monaco's Colombia hotshot James Rodriguez join Kroos at Real.

The World Cup's top scorer with six goals told Spanish sports daily Marca on Monday: "I'd jump at the chance of going to Real Madrid."

Real Madrid welcomed Kroos with a tweet:

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