Kroos: I joined Madrid for Ancelotti

The Germany international has made it clear that he has a much better relationship with the Italian than he had with Pep Guardiola at Bayern

Toni Kroos has revealed that the presence of Carlo Ancelotti was one of the main reasons behind his decision to leave Bayern Munich for Real Madrid ahead of the 2014-15 campaign.

The Germany international endured a frosty relationship with Pep Guardiola during their time at Bayern, yet he has made it clear he is having no such problems with Ancelotti at the Santiago Bernabeu.

“Ancelotti’s also one of the reasons I came here – I think it’s normal to talk with the coach before taking that step,” Kroos told the official Uefa website.

“He gave me a positive impression and told me Madrid would be even stronger with me in their ranks. It was obviously a good conversation.

“He trusted me from the beginning in a position where I hadn’t played that much, which was nonetheless in midfield. I enjoy playing in this position.

“Our relationship is good. We communicate a lot before each game. We discuss how I have to approach each game according to the opponent we’re facing. I still don’t know every team that well, which is normal. But he tries to fill in the gaps.”

Kroos has made 39 appearances in all competitions for Madrid so far this term, scoring once.