Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has reportedly rejected an approach by Manchester City over a possible move next year.
According to a report by Mundo Deportivo, Toni Kroos has turned down an approach by Manchester City. Bayern Munich also wanted to secure the services of the German midfielder. But the veteran does not want to leave Real Madrid and will likely retire at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Toni Kroos was already one of the best midfielders in the game when he joined Real Madrid from Bayern Munich in July 2014. And he has gone from strength to strength in the last eight years, establishing a lasting legacy at the Santiago Bernabeu. One of Real Madrid’s greatest-ever players, the 32-year-old forged a formidable partnership with Casemiro and Luka Modric.
The German midfielder has turned out 383 times thus far for Real Madrid, chipping in with 26 goals and 87 assists. But Kroos is in the final year of his contract with Los Blancos, leaving them in a spot of bother. Such a situation has captured the attention of Manchester City.
Manchester City might lose two world-class midfielders next summer. While Ilkay Gundogan is in the final year of his contract, Bernardo Silva continued to court interest from Barcelona. Interestingly, Gundogan is also the subject of interest from the Blaugrana, who will look to bring in a midfielder next summer.
Kroos has thus emerged as a viable target for Manchester City, who might have to restructure the squad next summer. Pairing Kroos with Kevin De Bruyne can theoretically elevate the already fearsome Manchester City midfield to another level. But recent reports have claimed that the Real Madrid midfielder does not want to join the Citizens.
Now, as per Mundo Deportivo, Manchester City approached the 32-year-old over a possible move next summer. But Kroos has turned the Premier League champions down as he wishes to remain at Real Madrid. Former club Bayern Munich also expressed an interest to re-sign the veteran midfielder.
But Kroos has also snubbed the advances of the Bundesliga champions. The German midfielder has already insisted that he will retire at Real Madrid. And following the latest developments, it looks like Kroos will honour his word by not departing from the Santiago Bernabeu. It will be interesting to see if Real Madrid can extend his stay at the club