Contrary to popular belief, however, Kroos looks back fondly on his time in Bavaria.
“I had a wonderful time there, I have to say that very clearly. It was a long time, I went there when I was 16, almost as a kid, a teenager. I’ve grown up quite a bit there and had to do it quite quickly,” Kroos recently said on the Einfach mal Luppen Podcast (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “And I was relatively alone, That shaped me to make my own decisions, to have my own opinions, to trust myself to a certain extent, because it was very successful there. So I have very, very fond memories of Bayern.”
What about the perception that remains out in the public that Kroos does not like Bayern Munich?
“You don’t stay with a club for that long if you don’t like it. Of course I really, really liked it. You shouldn’t mix things up — just because I don’t necessarily go on vacation with certain people doesn’t mean I dislike the club in general, that’s utter nonsense,” said Kroos. “And to this day: if there’s a game that I watch in the Bundesliga, it’s always Bayern, otherwise I don’t watch anything. It’s all fine. You can ask any of the players and they will confirm I felt really comfortable in the team. It’s not a big surprise there are always decisions in the football business or that you don’t get along with some people. But the most important thing is that everything’s fine.”