Real Madrid have secured the signing of FIFA World Cup-winning Germany midfielder Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich on a six-year contract.
Kroos has made over 200 appearances for the Bavarian giants, winning three Bundesliga titles, three DFB-Pokals and the UEFA Champions League in 2013.
However, his future at the Allianz Arena became shrouded in doubt as he entered the final year of his contract and sought assurances of his first-team importance.
Having been constantly linked with a move to Real, the deal was confirmed on Thursday, with Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge offering his regards for Kroos' efforts at the club.
Thanks to Toni Kroos for the whole time here in Munich," he said.
"Together we had a lot of success. All the best to him and his family in Madrid.”
Manchester United had also been linked with a move for the 51-cap Germany international, but he has opted instead for the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 24-year-old represents Real's first plunge into the transfer market this season as they look to launch an assault on the Liga summit, having finished third last term.
Carlo Ancelotti's side will also have their Champions league crown to defend, as well as a bloated schedule due to their involvement in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Kroos could serve as a replacement for compatriot Sami Khedira, who is reported to be close to leaving the club for Arsenal.
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