Kroos: No regrets on making move to Real Madrid from Bayern Munich
JUL 17, 2014 1:48p ET
Toni Kroos has declared confidently that he will have little trouble fitting into new club Real Madrid because he is "used to winning."
The midfielder completed his move to the European champions from Bayern Munich just four days after winning the World Cup with Germany, signing a six-year deal believed to be worth around Â£20million. He was presented in front of 8,000 fans at the club's Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Thursday evening before taking to the pitch dressed in his new colors and wearing the number eight shirt.
"I know that at this club you are expected to win trophies but I'm the right man for that because I'm used to winning," said Kroos.
The 24-year-old came through the Bayern Munich academy but was entering the final season of his contract with the Bavarian giants. His reluctance to renew with Bayern lead Manchester United to pursue his signature, but Kroos said he had no regrets about opting to join Real in the end
"I know this is the correct decision and I'm very proud to have made it," he said. "I cannot think of anything more wonderful than being here. This is the biggest club in the world. In 2013, I won the Champions League and in 2014 Real won it, and I hope we can win it again next year. I hope to be able to return the confidence this club has shown in me."
Real president Florentino Perez lavished praised on his latest recruit, who in addition to the World Cup won that Champions League with Bayern, plus three Bundesliga titles and three German Cups.
"This is a very young player but one with an incredible honors list," said Perez. "We weren't surprised by his performances during the World Cup, they were just confirmation that we had chosen the right player."
Turning to Kroos, he added: "The demands placed on you at Real Madrid are unlimited. You arrive at a club that has just won the European Cup but you have come here to make this club even greater. Madridistas always want more and you've come here to make this club even greater, and the fans are already dreaming about winning the 11th European Cup."