Toni Kroos' Manchester United move scuppered by David Moyes sacking, says Real Madrid midfielder

Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez texted Kroos in a bid to convince him to join them at Anfield

Toni Kroos looks on during the Liga match between Real Madrid and Granada
Image: Toni Kroos was close to joining Manchester United in 2014

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos says a deal for him to move to Manchester United "had basically been done" in 2014 before David Moyes was sacked.

Former United manager Moyes previously revealed in 2018 that Kroos was close to joining him at Old Trafford before he lost his job in April 2014.

Kroos did not receive an update from United about their plans with the club's new manager at the time, Louis van Gaal, yet to take up his new role because he was in charge of the Netherlands for the 2014 World Cup.

David Moyes unveiled as Manager of Manchester United in July 2013
Image: David Moyes replaced Sir Alex Ferguson as United manager in 2013

Once the tournament began, Carlo Ancelotti, head coach of Real Madrid at the time, swooped in to secure the signing of Kroos from Bayern Munich.

"David Moyes had come to see me and the contract had basically been done but then Moyes was fired and Louis van Gaal came in, which complicated matters," Kroos told The Athletic.

"Louis wanted time to build his own project. I didn't hear anything from United for a while and started having doubts. Then the World Cup started and Carlo Ancelotti called. And that was it."

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 13: Toni Kroos of Germany celebrates with his medal after defeating Argentina 1-0 in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cu
Image: Kroos won the World Cup the summer he moved to Real Madrid

United were not the only Premier League club to make contact with Kroos in 2014.

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Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez texted the midfielder to convince him to join them at Anfield.

"It wasn't a straight chat-up line but they offered to tell me more about the club and so on," he added. "The funny thing was, Suarez was about to leave to Barcelona anyway."

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