It was barely 15 minutes into the game against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final, Real got a free-kick. The eyes were are on the players and who will take it. Amidst the stars on the pitch, Toni Kroos steps up and delivers a perfect free-kick, which gets headed on by Gareth Bale into the path of Sergio Ramos, who puts it in for the opening goal of the game. Perfect start for the former European Champions.
This was what happened in Milan at the San Siro, where the Los Blancos once again won Europe’s top cup competition beating their domestic rivals Atletico Madrid. Zinedine Zidane lifted his first trophy in charge of the club, after taking over from former boss Rafa Benitez in 2016.
The German international played a good 70 minutes in the match, contributing both in attack and defence, before being replaced by Isco. Kroos has been great for the La Liga giants since his move to the Bernabeu, from Bayern Munich in 2014. He has made 68 appearances in the league scoring thrice since then.
Though he does his part for the Spanish outfit quir=te decently, his role is quite limited and therefore, he was linked with a move away from the club with Manchester United and City interested in acquiring his services. Despite that the 26 year old midfield superstar insisted that he is happy in Spain and does not wish to move away.
However, if he did make his move to the Etihad, he could be one of the best buys of the summer. The Madrid man would be a good replacement for Yaya Toure, who is set to leave City. Kroos has also made 64 appearances for the national side scoring 11 times for them. He has more goals for Germany, as he is given more freedom to play with, which he would get at Manchester, if he does indeed make the move.
Further, the player could suit manager Pep Guardiola’s style of play as well and the Spaniard must have kept tabs on Kroos, during his time with rivals Barcelona before he left for Germany in 2012. There has been no doubt about the quality and composure that the star brings to the side and he could gel well with the high quality stars that City already possesses.
The last season, City made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League and a player like Kroos could push them further, under the guidance of Guardiola. Zidane’s influence on the player and the whole matter has been quite crucial, as the German was really discontent during the regime of Ancelotti and later Benitez.
One thing is certain, it will not be easy for City to push through a deal as he seems happy now. Despite that, if a move does indeed go through, it could have a huge impact on their upcoming season.