Real Madrid star Toni Kroos has opened up on his failed move to Manchester United back in 2014, revealing that David Moyes’ dismissal spelled the end of the Red Devils’ interest.
Moyes had been announced as Sir Alex Ferguson’s successor back in May 2013 and had identified Kroos as a priority target.
The deal was unable to get over the finishing line that summer, with United making the £27.5m panic buy of Marouane Fellaini instead, but Moyes was determined to get his man and is said to have revisited his interest in the hopes of signing Kroos at the end of his first season in charge.
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However, with the club virtually out of contention for a top four spot in April, the Scotsman was fired and United never followed up their move for Kroos which he man himself claims had ‘basically been done’.
Louis van Gaal ultimately replaced Moyes at the helm and, with no contact from United, Kroos joined Real Madrid instead.
“David Moyes had come to see me and the contract had basically been done,” the German told the Athletic about his failed move.
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“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. Then the World Cup started and Carlo Ancelotti called. And that was it.”
Speaking about the potential transfer last year with GQ, Kroos added: “I knew before that Manchester wanted me.
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“And Moyes underlined that absolutely. It was a really nice afternoon with very nice people. We talked a lot about United's footballing plan which convinced me.
“In the end, we agreed to do it. We agreed verbally. I am not somebody who worries about contingencies.
“Yes, it was close. I almost went to Manchester United. But it did not happen that way. One thing I can say for sure: Manchester United would not have won the Champions League three times.”
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