Kroos: I was right to leave Bayern for Madrid

The midfielder feels the Club World Cup victory justifies his decision to leave the Allianz Arena and move to the Santiago Bernabeu and expects more trophies for his side in 2015

Toni Kroos believes winning the Club World Cup proves that he was right to leave Bayern Munich and join Real Madrid.

The midfielder joined the Santiago Bernabeu side in the summer for a reported €30 million and helped them to win the trophy on Saturday, after a 2-0 victory over San Lorenzo in the final, just months after he was crowned a world champion with Germany.

And Kroos, who also won the Champions League and Club World Cup during his time at Bayern, says he is happy to cap off a fine 2014 with another trophy and feels vindicated in his decision to join the Spanish giants.

“I’m so happy to win the Club World Cup for a second time,” he told reporters. “This trophy is so good for Real Madrid, we are a great family.

“I chose Real Madrid and now I’m so happy. I was right to sign for Madrid.

“Before coming here, I didn’t know what to expect, but I made the decision, I was looking for something new and I was lucky that I signed for Real Madrid.”

The midfielder reflected on what has been a wonderful year for him and feels he and his team can progress even further in 2015. 

“It was a great year, full of amazing moments, but you are not the champion of the world every year. Winning the final in Rio de Janeiro and lifting the cup was a very special moment.

“Germany had been waiting a long time for it. It was the best moment of the year. But 2014 was very good overall, so there are many good times to remember,

“Now we are looking forward to the Copa del Rey and Champions League, there are many great opponents like Barcelona, Chelsea and Bayern Munich.

“So it is going to be tough in the Champions League and in La Liga too. I think Barcelona and Atletico will be close in the table, so defending our position at the top won’t be easy.

“Now in January we play Atletico in the Copa del Ray and if we win, we face Barcelona, so it will be very hard. But I think we have to look forward. We are in good form.”

Kirchhoff wants to leave Bayern for Schalke

EXCLUSIVE: The loanee is keen for his short-term stay in Gelsenkirchen to become a permanent transfer

Jan Kirchhoff has told Goal he wants to turn his loan move from Bayern Munich to Schalke into a permanent deal in January.

The defender has spent the whole of 2014 in Gelsenkirchen after making 11 appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side at the beginning of the 2013-14 campaign.

Kirchhoff is hopeful that Schalke will pick up their option to complete a €6 million permanent transfer in the coming weeks, but admits he is not sure whether the Konigsblauen are 100 per cent ready to make such a step.

“We have to be realistic about it. I was injured for a long time and before that in Munich I did not play regularly, either,” he told Goal.

“I expect this saga to go on for a while. It depends on me and my performances.

“Of course, I have a preference. If you would ask me concretely if I want to stay, I’d probably say ‘Yes’. Whether this fits for all parties at the end, is a different matter.”

Kirchhoff has also admitted that while things did not pan out as he had hoped at Bayern following his transfer from Mainz, he has no regrets about joining the German champions.

“In that moment that was just how it was for me. I am not sure if this is the case with everybody,” he added. “Bayern showed me where I could improve myself and what my role would be, and it was simply the best package at that time. That’s why I decided to join them.

“I don’t think [joining them was a mistake]. Today I am completely happy with the path I took. With knowing what I know today, I don’t think I would decide any differently now.”

And while the 24-year-old is looking forward to continuing his relationship with Schalke, he also has half an eye on a future away from Germany.

“Schalke is a huge club and I really mean that. They have a huge dimension and draw lots of attention. The team has class and high quality. I like it here.

“One day I’d like to play abroad and get some experience there. I like England and Premier League football. I have never played there, but from here it looks different.

“My belief is that when you’re young, the opportunity to work in a different country is appealing. I want to have that experience someday in my career. But at the moment this is still far way.”

Kirchhoff’s current deal at Bayern runs until June 2016. 

Breno rejoins Sao Paulo after prison release

The 25-year-old has returned to Brazil after completing his jail sentence for arson and is desperate to put his troubled past behind him

Former Bayern Munich defender Breno says he is desperate to put the past behind him after ending a two-year prison sentence for arson and returning to Brazil to rejoin Sao Paulo.

The 25-year-old was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison by a German court in July 2012 for setting fire to his rented residence following reported bouts of depression as he struggled to adapt to life in Bavaria.

Last year he began working as a coach for Bayern as part of a day release programme and, after being granted parole on Thursday, immediately headed back to Brazil where he will now focus on resuming a once promising career.

“I am very happy to return home. Now I just want to think positively and look forward, because I want to help Sao Paulo win trophies,” said Breno, who left the club for the Bundesliga as a teenager in 2008.

“Even from afar, I always followed the club via the internet. I would log on to sites to see how the team was doing in the league or whether they had injuries or suspensions, because I never failed to follow Sao Paulo.

“Sao Paulo have always supported me. Even in the most difficult times, the people at the club were supporting me. And that continues today. The affection that the club has for me is the same that I have for them.”

The club are reported to have been lending the defender emotional and financial support during his period of incarceration.

Breno will join his team-mates for pre-season training on January 5 ahead of the local state championships and their Copa Libertadores campaign – for which they qualified thanks to a second-place finish in Brasileiro 2014.

Schweinsteiger thanks Ribery for set piece generosity

The Germany international was grateful to his colleague for allowing him to strike the free-kick and grab his first league goal since April as Bayern saw off Mainz 2-1 on Friday

Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has thanked team-mate Franck Ribery for allowing him to hit the free-kick to draw his side level in the 2-1 win over Mainz on Friday.

The German champions suffered a 21st minute shock when they went behind to Elkin Soto’s opener – just the fourth goal Bayern have conceded in 17 games, a Bundesliga record, and one which ended defender Rafinha’s record of 1,105 minutes on the field without conceding.

And Germany international Schweinsteiger was grateful to Ribery for stepping aside as the Germany international moved to the front of the queue and sent his shot curling into the net from 25 yards to claim his first league goal since April.

“I’ve not actually practiced set pieces since the World Cup, but Franck was a perfect gentleman, he left the free-kick to me and said ‘score’,” Schweinsteiger told

“It wasn’t easy but our determination was definitely there. It’s good we have a break now.”

Arjen Robben went on to hit a late winner mean Bayern head into the winter break with a considerable lead at the top of the Bundesliga, leaving them 14 points clear of second-placed Wolfsburg ahead of Saturday’s fixtures.

“All credit to the team,” added. Robben

“We came from behind and we’ve won again. We can go on holiday feeling proud and happy.”

Bayern’s 45 points from 17 games is the second-best in Bundesliga history, two short of the record Bayern themselves set last season.

Neuer hails Robben's 'heavenly' winner at Mainz

The Dutchman netted with just a minute of normal time remaining at the Coface Arena, as the Bavarians broke their own points record for the halfway point of the Bundesliga season

Manuel Neuer thanked Bayern Munich team-mate Arjen Robben for his “heavenly” winning goal in Friday’s dramatic 2-1 triumph at Mainz.

The unbeaten Bavarians had been expected to coast to victory at the Coface Arena but they fell behind after just 21 minutes of play, with Elkin Soto nutmegging Neuer to send the home crowd into raptures.

Bastian Schweinsteiger promptly levelled matters with a sublime free-kick but Bayern looked destined to drop points in the Bundesliga for just the fourth time this season.

However, with just a minute of normal time remaining, Juan Bernat squared the ball for Robben to steal a victory that saw Bayern break their own points record for the halfway point of the season (45).

“It was heavenly,” Neuer said of his Dutch colleague’s last-gasp winner in Mainz. “We are delighted with ourselves!”

It was Robben’s fourth goal in his last three Bundesliga outings but the Netherlands international was reluctant to accept any praise for his crucial contribution at the Coface Arena and instead expressed his sympathy to Mainz for having suffered such late heartbreak.

“Compliments must go to our team,” the former Real Madrid man added. “We bounced back well to falling behind and I’m happy with the win.

“But I feel sorry for Mainz, who gave everything. They deserved a point, but that’s football.”

Bayern Munich now have just over five weeks off before resuming their bid for a third consecutive Bundesliga title with a trip to Wolfsburg on January 30.