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Kroos, who has long been linked with Manchester United, has revealed he had a verbal agreement to join the club in 2014.

Toni Kroos’ career could have easily taken a very different path had he not joined Real Madrid in 2014, with the German having revealed that he had an agreement in place to move to Manchester United before Los Blancos.

When David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson at the Red Devils, a number of players were linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Toni Kroos was one of the many midfielders reportedly on Moyes’ list, along with Mesut Ozil and Cesc Fabregas, who both eventually chose Arsenal and Chelsea respectively. Kroos has now revealed he had an agreement with the club after taking to Moyes four years ago.

“I knew that Manchester [United] loved me and that [David] Moyes supported the signing completely,” he told GQ Gentlemen’s Quarterly.

“We had a very pleasant afternoon. We spoke a lot about United’s plan and he convinced me. In the end, we verbally agreed to it. I’m not someone who thinks about what could have been. Yes, it was close. I was almost a Manchester United player, but it didn’t happen.”

Moyes was sacked following a string of poor results, which meant that the deal was off. Not one to regret his decisions, Kroos went on to conquer Europe time and again in Madrid, which he doesn’t think would have been possible.

“I can say one thing with certainty,” he said, “at Manchester United I wouldn’t have won the Champions League three times.”

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