Former Manchester United transfer target Toni Kroos explains how Carlo Ancelotti convinced him

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The Real Madrid midfielder has been speaking about his decision to join Real Madrid in the summer.

Toni Kroos was one of the summer's most wanted men in world football, even before he helped lead Germany to World Cup glory.

The ex-Bayern Munich star had just one year left on his contract at the Allianz Arena - so Bayern were slightly tied regarding their bargaining power on the talented midfield maestro.

But in the end it was Real Madrid who made him a Galactico. They agreed a reported fee in the region of €30 million, according to Eurosport, for the talisman this summer, winning the race for his signature.

Now he has revealed how former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti helped him decide on Real, ahead of Premier League teams such as Manchester United.

He told today:

"He [Ancelotti] trusted me from the beginning in a position where I hadn't played that much, which was nonetheless in midfield. I enjoy playing in this position. Our relationship is good.

"He's also one of the reasons I came here – I think it's normal to talk with the coach before taking that step. He gave me a positive impression and told me Madrid would be even stronger with me in their ranks. It was obviously a good conversation."

The list of clubs reportedly keen on his signature was long, with Premier League teams on that list.

Manchester United were said to be particularly keen - especially when David Moyes was in charge. He told the Sunday Times in July that if he was still at United, Kroos would have been a transfer target.

But surprisingly, when Louis van Gaal arrived the interest appeared to die down. That was despite the new Manchester United boss being the man who broke him in at Bayern Munich.

Since then United have looked to be short a creative midfield option while Kroos has arguably been Real Madrid's most consistent player this campaign.

Undoubtedly an opportunity missed from Manchester United.

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