Bayern Munich and Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has said it will hurt to see midfielder Toni Kroos leave the club, but that the opportunity to play for Real Madrid is too good to turn down.
Kroos, who is preparing for the World Cup final tomorrow when Germany take on Argentina, is said to have already agreed a deal to move to the Spanish capital.
The 24-year-old has one year remaining on his contract at Pep Guardiola’s side but has failed to reach an agreement, leading to talk of a 25 million euro move to the Santiago Bernabeu.
Although nothing has been confirmed, Kroos has already admitted he has made a decision on his future and will announce it after the World Cup.
And yesterday, Beckenbauer, the honorary president of Bayern Munich said it would a sad day to see the player leave. While he didn’t go as far as confirming the transfer, he hinted Carlo Ancelotti’s team would be the destination.
Speaking to the German Football Federation (DFB) website, Beckenbauer stated: “As honorary president of Bayern I regret his departure. If he is going we will have lost a player of absolutely world-class quality. But there is also a future in his career. This can be an experience abroad and going to a club like Real Madrid is priceless.”