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Germany midfielder Toni Kroos moves to Real

Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has left Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to join Champions League title holders Real Madrid. The 24-year-old Kroos was a key part of the German team that won the World Cup in Brazil.

Bayern Munich confirmed on Thursday what had long been speculated: midfielder Toni Kroos has left the club and is to join Real Madrid as of the coming season.

Neither club has said how much the Spanish giants had paid for the 24-year-old playmaker, but the fee is believed to be in the region of 25 million euros ($33.8 million).

Kroos was officially unveiled in a ceremony at Madrid's Bernabeu stadium later on Thursday.

A statement released by Real to announce the transfer described Kroos as "a playmaker capable of finding the best option in any situation, with a vision of the game enabling him to help his teammates, as well as an impressive kick."

First team debut at 17

His now former club thanked Kroos, who joined Bayern in 2007 and made his first appearance in the first team at the tender age of 17.

"We are grateful to Toni Kroos for his time in Munich," Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statement posted on the club's official website.

"Together we had great achievements here and we wish him and his family all the best in Madrid with Real."

During his time in the Bavarian capital, Kroos won 11 trophies, including the 2013 Champions League, Bundesliga titles and the Club World Cup.

He capped this off as part of the national team side that won the World Cup in Brazil last Sunday, beating Argentina 1-0 in extra time, an achievement that also propelled Germany to the top of the FIFA rankings.

pfd/tj (Reuters, AFP, AP)

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