Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has spoken about his reaction when Casemiro told him that he was leaving the club to sign for Manchester United in this summer’s transfer window.
The Red Devils brought in Casemiro in an exciting big-money move this season, with the Brazil international moving to Old Trafford after a breakout run at the Bernabeu.
Kroos and Casemiro played together for many years and enjoyed much success in Madrid’s midfield, and the experienced German international now admits he was saddened to learn his former team-mate was leaving.
“I was surprised that Casemiro left. It is true that there were rumours, but there are always rumors and many times nothing happens”, Kroos Universo Valdano on Televisión Española, quoted and translated by the Manchester Evening News.
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“But when he told me he was leaving, I was sad, I started to remember all the years I spent with him and everything we achieved together.”
One imagines there were plenty of others at the La Liga club who felt the same way, and Casemiro is likely to be a difficult player to replace, even if the signing of Aurelien Tchouameni earlier in the summer should help repair the damage.
Casemiro initially didn’t start many games for United, but has proven to be a key part of the team in more recent matches.