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06th Sep 2022

Toni Kroos takes aim at players joining the Premier League for money

Callum Boyle

He’s looking at you, Casemiro

Toni Kroos has taken aim at players joining the Premier League for monetary reasons.

Kroos’ comments come just weeks after his former Real Madrid teammate Casemiro joined Manchester United on a four-year deal on a reported salary of £375,000 a week.

Casemiro’s arrival has coincided with an upturn in form at Old Trafford, with United winning all three games since he left the current Champions League holders.

However, Kroos has said that the embarrassment of riches on offer in England’s top flight doesn’t mean success is guaranteed.

“TV money has been significantly higher in England for years and yet it hasn’t resulted in English teams winning everything,” he told the OMR podcast.

“Thank God not all players look only at salary but also at winning many titles and to grow more.”

Toni Kroos

The 32-year-old also admitted that he believes that the European Super League will become a reality in the future. Plans to introduce the format were scrapped following huge backlash from supporters after the announcement in April, 2021.

“Never contradict your own President,” the German midfielder told Marca on Tuesday. “It is obvious that the idea existed and still exists. It should have been in place a long time ago.

“I think it will take a while to put it into place and I probably won’t see it as an active player. My opinion is that I continue to believe it will happen, but I cannot say when.”

Real Madrid begin the defence of their European crown with a trip to Glasgow to face Celtic on Tuesday night.

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