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Kroos signs six-year deal to join Real Madrid

Toni Kroos poses during his presentation as a Real Madrid player.

MADRID — Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has signed a six-year deal to join Real Madrid from Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga club confirmed yesterday.

The 24-year-old was instrumental in Germany’s World Cup-winning campaign that culminated in a 1-0 final victory over Argentina on Sunday and moves to the Bernabeu for a fee believed to be in the region of 25 million euros (US$33.82 million).

Kroos is Real’s first signing ahead of the new season and he could well take over set-piece duties from Xabi Alonso. His arrival could also lead to the departure of Germany teammate Sami Khedira, who has been linked with a move to England.

“We are grateful to Toni Kroos for his time in Munich,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the club website. “Together we had great achievements here and we wish he and his family all the best in Madrid with Real.”

Kroos joined the Bayern youth setup in 2006 and was a key member of the back-to-back domestic double winning sides of the past two seasons.

Kroos was chosen as the best player at the 2007 Under-17 World Cup, when Germany finished third.

He joined Bayern when he was 16 and later spent 18 months on loan at Bayer Leverkusen before returning. He was a regular starter since Pep Guardiola took over as coach last season.

Kroos helped Bayern win the Champions League in 2013 and domestic doubles the past two seasons.

He was on Germany’s 2010 World Cup squad, but was given a bigger role in coach Joachim Löw’s team during qualifying for this year’s tournament in Brazil.

Also, Arsenal has signed Mathieu Debuchy and selling club Newcastle has replaced the defender with Daryl Janmaat.

The 28-year-old Debuchy, who was part of France’s World Cup squad, joined Arsenal for US$20.5 million, becoming the London club’s second summer transfer window signing after forward Alexis Sánchez.

Newcastle reinvested around half of the Debuchy fee to replace the right back with 24-year-old Janmaat from Feyenoord.

Herald staff with agencies

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