At Real Madrid, former Chelsea interim manager Rafael Benítez reportedly alienated a good chunk of his players with his squad rotations, tactics and man-management 'skills'. One of those disgruntled stars was midfielder Toni Kroos, who was keen on leaving Madrid after spending his time away from the pitch under Benítez according to Spanish outlet OKDiario.
In the report, it is claimed that Kroos was set to leave Real Madrid by the end of the season as he grew frustrated by not being selected to feature in a few matches by Benítez, including a Villarreal loss last month that halted Madrid's aspirations to reach first place in La Liga. Being aware of his discontent, three clubs presented themselves to sign Kroos in Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester United, as well as Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.
The three clubs were willing to offer Madrid €50 million as a transfer fee to have Kroos, as well as cover the player's net wages of €6 million per year. But talks are rumoured to have stalled after Zinedine Zidane's take over as manager, with the club confident that the change in command will motivate Kroos not only to get in shape but also to improve on his current form this season.
This season, Kroos has 6 assists in La Liga, behind only Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in the Madrid squad. Being able to play in a deep midfield role as well as a #10, the German international would certainly improve our current squad with his refined technique and creativity as well as his work rate.
Zidane might be able to work things out with Kroos in regards to his importance within the Real Madrid squad this season. Regardless, Chelsea should remain eager to acquire a player of such quality in the next summer transfer window.