Bayern Munich Defend Decision To Sell World Cup Winner Toni Kroos To Real Madrid

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Bayern Munich chairman Karl Hopfner has defended his decision to allow Toni Kroos to join Real Madrid over the summer by claiming that the midfielder rejected a new deal to stay at the Alianz Arena, Sky Sports reports.

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Kroos, who was heavily linked with Manchester United earlier this summer, had one year remaining on his contract with the Bundesliga champions prior to the switch.

However, terms could not be agreed to stay with the German giants, so instead he left to join Real Madrid on a six-year deal for a fee in the region of £20m.

Hopfner told kicker-Sportmagazin: “In the case of Kroos, the board of the club has taken the best decision.

“After it had been impossible to sign an extension during the phase of negotiations, the board had to consider the intrinsic value.

“Toni Kroos did not want to sign a new deal, therefore he would have been a Bosman player in 2015.

“Because of this, a departure has been the right solution.”

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