Real Madrid are expected to unveil Bayern Munich and Germany star Toni Kroos next week as Carlo Ancelotti’s first reinforcement for the 2014-15 campaign.
Los Blancos, who will wait for the Germany midfielder to finish his World Cup before making the move official, could present the player next week. No date has been set as of yet given that Kroos still has to dispute the final with Argentina on Sunday. If Kroos and Germany are crowned world champions, he will travel to Berlin on Tuesday with his team-mates to celebrate in front of the German fans. If they lose, however, he will fly to Frankfurt with the rest of the Germany squad, travel to Munich to collect some of his belongings and then make his way to Madrid.
Upon his arrival to the Spanish capital, accompanied by his family, he will stay at the Mirasierra Suites Hotel (Madrid are currently in the process of house hunting for the player). Los Blancos will make a decision today about when the participants at the World Cup finals should report for duty. In principle, they are hoping that Kroos will start his pre-season on 1 August, and will be joined by Benzema and Varane, who reached the quarter-finals with France, Khedira, Marcelo and Di María (if he stays at Madrid). The rest of the squad will be in the USA playing the International Champions Cup (if Ancelotti’s men reach the final they will return on Tuesday 5 August).
The midfielder did not want to renew his contract (which ends in 2015) with his current club Bayern Munich because they would not meet his wage demands, and has had an agreement with Real Madrid for a number of days (“I’ve already made a decision, but I will not say until after the World Cup,” he said.) He will sign until 2019 and will earn just over five million euros net per season. Real Madrid’s general manager José Ángel Sánchez travelled to Munich at the beginning of the week to seal the agreement with Bayern.
For now, both Kroos and those around him only have their minds on one thing: tomorrow’s World Cup final against Argentina, the most important game of his career. The midfielder wants to focus his efforts on winning a tournament in which he has been one of the standout players (he was instrumental in Germany’s 1-7 demolishing of Brazil, scoring two goals and setting up another and was voted the game’s MVP). On Friday he was one of ten nominated for the competition’s Golden Ball award after playing six games (570 minutes), scoring two goals and completing 85% of his 519 passes. Life insurance for Germany and, as of next season, Real Madrid.