In 2014, to the chagrin of many fans, Toni Kroos left FC Bayern Munich and moved to Real Madrid after the World Cup victory.
The record champions did not want to meet the salary requirements of the then 24-year-old. Now Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenigge brings new details to the broken negotiations to light.
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“At that time we had a discussion with Toni and his advisor Volker Struth. Toni wanted to earn as much as (Mario) Götze,” explained Rummenigge image. Götze had switched from BVB to the record champions a year earlier as a 21-year-old. “Götze came from Dortmund and was one of the top earners, Toni was a homegrown man and was a bit lower,” said Rummenigge, explaining the salary structure at the time.
However, in the meantime Kroos had made his breakthrough in Leverkusen and came back to Bayern as an established Bundesliga player and new national player.
Bavaria does not meet Kroos requirement
At some point, the topic is a bit misplaced. “Then came the demand: either we are ready to put the same amount on the table or he goes,” said Rummenigge. Since Kroos only had a one-year contract at the time, Bayern accepted his decision for Real Madrid.
The Munich team only received 25 million for their midfielder, in retrospect one of the best real transfers in recent years. “The transfer of 25 million euros is of course not comparable to the 222 million for Neymar, but it was a different time,” said Rummenigge.
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Rummenigge: “Players come and go”
Rummenigge does not see the decision to let Kroos go as a mistake. “We made a conscious decision. With the amount he asked for, he would have been an absolute top earner. At the time, that was a feat of strength for us financially.”
In retrospect, everything went well. “The most important thing is that he has had a successful time here, a successful time after us,” said the Bayern boss.
The fact that Kroos got off to a flying start after moving to Spain and won the Champions League three times with Los Blancos is no problem for Rummenigge. “I never thought of any player who left us: ‘I hope he’ll play a shit together so that we don’t have a problem in public.’ Players come and go. There is always a constant change that you want and need. “
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