Real Madrid better than Bayern, says Kroos

The 24-year-old, who took a dig at the reigning Bundesliga champions, has also insisted he did not leave the Allianz Arena over a fallout with Pep Guardiola

European champions Real Madrid are slightly better than dethroned 2012-13 Champions League winners Bayern Munich, according to Toni Kroos.

The midfielder swapped the Allianz Arena, where he has played since his first-team debut in 2007, for the Santiago Bernabeu this summer in an estimated €30 million transfer.

Kroos stressed that Carlo Ancelotti’s men have the slight advantage in the size stakes, but stressed that there was no fallout between him and Bayern boss Pep Guardiola which caused him to ditch the Bundesliga for La Liga.

“We are talking about the two biggest teams in the world,” he told Bild when asked to compare the two clubs. “However, I think that overall Real Madrid are one step ahead.

“I remember my presentation with Real Madrid where 20,000 people turned up despite me not having played a minute. In Germany that is unthinkable.

“Guardiola had nothing to do with my departure. I understand football just like him, he fine tuned my game and helped me improve as a player.

“My signing has been a 100 per cent about success and I’m happy at Real Madrid.”

Xabi Alonso went in the other direction late in the window for around €10m and the 24-year-old believes the Spain international’s experience will help Bayern, despite not seeing any correlation between the Spaniard’s switch and his own.

“He is an extraordinary player,” Kroos added. “He will help Bayern a lot, I hope. I do not see any connection between my move and Xabi’s to Bayern, though.”

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