New Real Madrid signing Toni Kroos has claimed he never considered a move to Chelsea or Manchester United.
The German midfielder was unveiled as a new Los Blancos player at the Santiago Bernabéu on Thursday afternoon after the Spanish giant completed his signing by paying around £25m to Bayern Munich to secure his services.
United had been linked with Kroos in recent months as former United manager David Moyes wanted him to lead his midfield while Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho was said also to be keen on having him at Stamford Bridge.
However, questioned over whether he snubbed the Premier League giants or other suitors before accepting the Real Madrid offer, Kroos said: "Real Madrid was the only option I considered"
"I had made my mind up to leave Bayern Munich. I wanted to come to Real Madrid. That was the only option I considered," Kroos was quoted by AS during his unveiling.
Kross, who had only one year left in his contract at the Allianz Arena, revealed he made his decision to swap Germany for Real some time ago.
"I can't tell you the exact date. There has been contact for a long time, but the World Cup was on the horizon and that was what was most important. I knew Real were interested and I was interested in joining them. I told Joachim Löw as much in Brazil because he had a right to know. He was happy for me and congratulated me. He told me Real Madrid are a top-class club".
"Real Madrid is the best club. It's a step up from Bayern. And for me it was important to take this step. Real Madrid is number one and I'm very happy to be here. "I've been very impressed by the club and the way they went after me. Everything has gone well and I'm delighted to be here".
"Only one thing was acceptable at Bayern: winning trophies. When I arrived here I immediately knew the same thing applies. I know that I've joined a highly successful club and I'm going to do everything in my power to ensure that success continues. Winning trophies with this team is an exciting challenge for me. My target is to win every competition."