Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has admitted he came close to joining Manchester United in 2014.
During the 2013-14 season, David Moyes was so determined to bring Kroos to Manchester United that he made a personal trip to Munich to meet the player and his family, even meeting Kroos’ son Leon, who was seven months old
At the time, Kroos felt undervalued at Bayern Munich and after speaking to Moyes, he and his partner Jessica were convinced to make the move.
“I knew beforehand that United wanted me,” said Kroos. “And Moyes absolutely underlined that. It was a really nice afternoon with very pleasant people.. We talked a lot about United’s football plan, which convinced me.
“But we also got to know each other as people. We knew quite a bit about the Moyes family afterwards. We talked about how we lived and how we all imagined life as a family.
“In the end we broke up to do it. So we agreed verbally. 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.”
Eventually, Kroos left Bayern for Real Madrid.
He added, “I don’t have these what-if-thoughts. Because there are no real answers to them. The only thing I can say with certainty is that I probably wouldn’t have won the Champions League three times with Manchester United.”
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