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Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has reflected on the time he held transfer talks with Manchester United and Liverpool.
Kroos played for Bayern Munich ahead of his move to Real Madrid in 2014. But before he decided to join the Spanish giants, the German-held talks with Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester United.
Liverpool were first to make a contract with Kroos, however, there was a secret lurking in the shadows.
“It wasn’t a straight chat-up line but they offered to tell me more about the club and so on,” Kroos said of his conversation with Liverpool chiefs.
Kroos added, laughing: “The funny thing was, Suarez was about to leave to Barcelona anyway.”
United, under the stewardship of Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor David Moyes, then opened negotiations with the midfielder.
“David Moyes had come to see me and the contract had basically been done,” Kroos added. “But then Moyes was fired and Louis van Gaal came in, which complicated matters. Louis wanted time to build his own project. I didn’t hear anything from United for a while and started having doubts.”