Kroos: Ronaldo wanted a new experience.

  • Germany star reveals when he plans to retire from football.

  • Kroos says it would be strange if Madrid didn’t miss the five-time Ballon d'Or winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus last year made everyone happy, according to Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos.

The Germany international says Madrid’s all-time leading scorer was missed by the club - who had a below par campaign last term, finishing third in LaLiga and falling short in both the Copa del Rey and Champions League.

"It would be strange if you didn't miss someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who has decided so many matches with his goals," he told Bild.

Ronaldo. [Juventus FC via Getty]

"His transfer, however, made everyone happy. He wanted a new experience and Real Madrid earned a lot of money."

Kroos rubbished rumours that suggested he was to leave the Santiago Bernabeu for the Etihad last year, insisting he was never looking to join the Premier League champions. 

"It has been written several times in the past," he said. "But I was never really offered the chance to go to Manchester City. Never. I can deny these rumours."

He also reiterated he hopes to retire from football at the age of just 33 when his four-year deal expires.

Toni Kroos

"My contract duration was chosen consciously," he said. "Thirty-three would be a good age to hang up the boots. I will have the opportunity at that moment to choose if I want to do something else."

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