The Blancos midfielder claims he has not negotiated with his former Bayern Munich team-mate about his future.

David Alaba is old enough to make a decision

Toni Kroos is reluctant to act as a Real Madrid agent in their reported pursuit of David Alaba. The Blancos midfielder claims he has not negotiated with his former Bayern Munich team-mate about his future. The versatile Austria international has shown that he will leave the Allianz Arena when his contract expires at the end of the season. Various landing sites are being considered for the 28-year-old as he prepares to take on a new challenge, with Real Madrid said to be leading the hunt, but Kroos is not pushing through the claims of the LaLiga giants. Kroos, who spent several years with Alaba at Bayern Munich before making his move to Spain in 2014, told reporters: “I don’t know anything. I didn’t speak to him, and he didn’t call me. But I think that he is old enough to make a decision.”

Real Madrid, Liverpool, Chelsea and Barcelona are interested to secure Alaba’s signature

“I also don’t know what proposals he has on his desk. If I spoke to him on the phone 30 times, I would know their intentions. But I only read what they have to say on this topic”. Unsurprisingly, given his position in the global game, Alaba is attracting a lot of interest. Real Madrid remain the favourite to secure his signature when his contract expires. But several other European heavyweights are sniffing around. Given the injury-enforced struggles they have endured from behind this season, Liverpool have been urged by many to join the chase. The Reds’ Premier League rivals, Chelsea, are also looking to acquire a proven performer at the highest level. Barcelona may be tempted to battle their Clásico rivals for sought-after talent. Still, the Camp Nou funding is short, and Eric Garcia’s return to Catalonia from Manchester City remains their top priority.

While steering clear of Alaba speculation, the Real Madrid midfielder keeps a close eye on what is happening at Bayern. He considers the club that offered him a big break to be serious contenders for back-to-back Champions League triumphs, with Hansi Flick seeking to defend the European crown they landed in style last season. Kroos, who helped Real Madrid establish a 1-0 lead in their last-16 showdown with Atalanta. He said: “Bayern are undoubtedly one of the favourites, if not the top favourite.”