German legend Lothar Matthaus is convinced Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos is joining Real Madrid.

And the World Cup winner has no doubts the move will prove a big success for Real.

"Congratulations to Real Madrid, they've got themselves a genius there. All the same, I'd have preferred him to stay at Munich. Toni is very intelligent, he passes the ball brilliantly and he can shoot hard and well, too. Ronaldo and Bale can really expand alongside him. Robben and Ribéry have, in the past few years," he told Marca.

"He isn't a central midfielder, he's more of a false 9 who should go through the middle, behind the forwards. I can imagine Cristiano Ronaldo, Kroos and Bale together in that line of three behind Benzema. He is like Modric in that way, though Modric can play as a central midfielder and Kroos is not one of those."

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