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Kroos ‘loved’ playing for Guardiola at Bayern

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Toni Kroos says he would have extended his contract and stayed at Bayern Munich had Pep Guardiola done the same.

Before joining Real Madrid back in 2014, Toni Kroos enjoyed a brief spell playing in his homeland with Bayern Munich.

The German formed a strong partnership with his then-national teammate Bastain Schweinsteiger in midfield and was one of the key players in Pep Guardiola’s team.

Kroos left Bayern just one season after Guardiola’s appointment. Soon after, Guardiola too made an exit and joined Manchester City in 2016.

The 30-year old will come face to face against his former manager when Real Madrid take on Manchester City in the Champions League Round of 16 tie on Wednesday.

Ahead of the match, Kroos says he admired playing for the Man City boss and left Bayern only because Guardiola too decided not to continue.

“I loved playing for him. And, of course, I could have renewed my contract at Bayern,” Kroos told The Athletic.

“But I didn’t believe it would be a good idea to sign an agreement just for the coach.

“He wanted me to renew my contract, but what sense did it make to sign a five-year contract if he was going to leave before that?”