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Toni Kross

Kroos: “Real Madrid is the best team there is”

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NEWS | 17/07/2014 | Alberto Navarro

“This club is fantastic and it’s a great challenge for me to win titles here”, he stated in a press conference.
Toni Kroos appeared before the media in the Santiago Bernabéu. Alongside Emilio Butragueño, who welcomed him, the first newcomer for the 2014/15 season analysed his first hours as a Whites player: “Real Madrid is the best club there is and it is a step more than Bayern. I didn’t need more options. This club is fantastic and it’s a great challenge to win titles here. They tried hard to get me and I was very impressed. We were in agreement immediately and I’m delighted to be here”.

“From beginning it was obvious I was going to leave Bayern, and I wanted to go to RM, no other team. I’ve been at Bayern for a long time and won everything so I thought it would be good to move to a new direction. There were no problems with Pep, we had a very good relationship. It was a good way of playing. Everyone accepted it and was very happy for me”.

His first contact with the staff
“I was here briefly. I talked a bit to the manager, but I won’t tell you what we said because that’s between us. I’ll never say what the coach tells me”.

His debut
“I imagine it will be something very beautiful. For all the teams that come here this stadium will be very difficult and I already experienced the atmosphere in this stadium with Bayern. In fact, last season we lost. I’m really going to enjoy it here”.

His favourite position
“In the last few years I’ve played in many positions, it doesn’t matter, I will play wherever. I play well in every position and feel comfortable in all of them. I’m convinced that I can work here too”.

“The goal is to win every competition, that’s what I’m used to”.

“I like how demanding this club is. It’s always been like this, I’ve always had to win titles, it was the same at Bayern and it’s the same here and that will motivate me every day. We have the chance of doing it because this club is very successful”.

Advice from Khedira
“I spoke to Sami about the club. Everything he said was positive. He reassured me it was a good decision. What happens in the future, that’s not for me to say, that’s for Real Madrid and Sami”.

Xabi Alonso’s sanction
“I heard that he had been sanctioned. I’ll start on the 5th of August and only have one week of training. The coach will decide from day to day if I can play in the final of the European Super Cup. I can’t say anything today”.

Praise for James Rodríguez
“It’s none of my business if he is a Real Madrid player in the future or not. He is a very good player and he caught my eye because he played very well at the World Cup”.

Messi and the World Cup Golden Ball
“It wasn’t important for us as a team, at all. We won the World Cup, and were champions as a team. Personal recognition is useless compared to world champions”.

Criticism of the dance at the celebrations in Berlin
“I heard that. We can just say that it wasn’t against anyone or bad intentions, we just got back and celebrated. I have no problems with that. It’s ridiculous to try and make something out of it”.