German midfielder Toni Kroos has dismissed rumours that he is to leave Real Madrid and join English Premier League side Manchester City.
The 26-year-old – who is currently representing his country in Euro 2016 – played under new Man City boss Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich and it has been suggested that the Spaniard is keen on a big-money move for Kroos, who has represented his country 69 times and scored 11 goals since making his debut in a friendly against Argentina back in January 2010.
The pair only spent one season together at the Allianz Arena in 2013/14, but it resulted in Bayern Munich winning a Bundesliga and DFB Pokal double. A World Cup-winning campaign with Germany in Brazil then peaked Madrid’s interest in Kroos, who arrived at the Santiago Bernabéu in the summer of 2014.
Munich have also been linked with an interest in taking him back to Germany, but Kroos insisted that he is not planning on leaving the Spanish capital.
Kroos – who rose up through the ranks at Bayern between 2006 and 2014 – told German newspaper Kicker: “I always think about my future. That’s part of my job.
“But if I were to comment (on) every single rumour published on me in the last couple of months, I would never get out of it.
“Only last week, I read that I re-signed at Bayern. I am a Real Madrid player with four years left on my deal.
“That should be enough to silence those rumours.”
Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has hinted that he could sign fellow Frenchman Paul Pogba after Euro 2016, so could be forced to sell before bringing signing the Juventus midfielder for the Champions League holders.
However, it’s expected that Columbian forward James Rodriguez would be more likely to leave the club before Kroos, having fallen down the pecking order in the Real Madrid squad.