After sealing his move to Real Madrid on a six-year contract just days after helping Germany to win the World Cup, it has been a huge week in the career of Toni Kroos.
I think the midfielder will fit in well at the Bernabeu, even if 30 million euros is a lot of money for someone who was set to be out of contract one year from now.
But I think Bayern will feel it now he has gone. You could see now how important he is, and he had another busy game in the World Cup final. He is able to play in offensive midfield and defensive midfield as well – and you saw his qualities against Brazil in the semi-final.
The 24-year-old was once described as “the most naturally gifted player I’ve seen since Karl-Heinz Rummenigge” by Bayern Munich’s former youth director Werner Kern.
He is very flexible and he has many strengths. He is smart, he keeps the ball great, he has a good eye for the situation and great technique. Kroos can play in every team. If there is a loser in this deal, it is Bayern Munich.
They are losing a top player, a world champion who is difficult to replace. Thiago will come back after his long injury, yes. But Toni Kroos might be one of those players whose importance you only realise now he has gone.