Kroos never considered Real Madrid exit


Toni Kroos is adamant he "never looked at alternatives" after signing a new six-year deal at Real Madrid.

The Germany international penned the long-term contract on Wednesday, committing to the European champions until June 2022.

Kroos was linked with a move to Manchester City and Manchester United in the most recent transfer window but the former Bayern Munich midfielder insists his intention was always to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu.

He told a news conference: "At times, things are published and we can't say what the truth is. There were rumours but I always knew I was very happy here.

"I've had two marvellous years here and it never crossed my mind to leave. I am pleased they wanted me to stay, I never looked at alternatives. Real Madrid was always my first choice.

"It's a long contract with a view to the future - medium and long-term. We were both looking at the possibility of staying here for longer so we sat down and reached this agreement."

The new deal, which extends his previous contract by two years, is reported in Spain to be worth EUR20million per season before tax, making him the highest-paid German footballer in history.

Kroos has made 108 appearances since moving to the club from Bayern in 2014 for a reported fee of close to EUR30m.

The 26-year-old has won the Champions League, the Club World Cup and two UEFA Super Cups in his time in the Spanish capital but LaLiga has eluded him.

Kroos says domestic dominance is now his primary objective.

"I am still missing the league title," he added. "Hopefully it's something I can win.

"We are expected to win every single competition but we have enough talent to win the league title.

"It's demanding, you have to be consistent, [which is] perhaps something we've missed. But this year I am sure we can put in a good challenge."

Kroos even suggested he could retire at Madrid after admitting he had no desire in matching Cristiano Ronaldo's stated ambition to keep playing until he is 40 years of age.

"Those who know me know that I put a lot of thinking behind things and it wasn't on the spur of the moment," he said.

"It was something I was sure about, we didn't just choose six years, it's six years because I wanted it and the club wanted it.

"I don't see myself playing at 36. This contract ends when I am 32 and, who knows, I might even end up retiring here."