Toni Kroos says he has only happy memories of his time at Bayern Munich and is looking forward to playing them in the champions league.
The Germany international joined the Bundesliga giants at the age of 16 and played over 200 matches, before leaving the club in 2014.
Bayern Munich will host Real Madrid in the first leg of the champions league quarterfinals at the Allianz Arena, and Kroos is looking forward to his first return back to his old stomping ground.
“I had to leave home for the first time when I joined Bayern, it was my first time alone,” Kroos told the official UEFA website.
“And it is not just about making it as a professional, but also off the pitch. I had to organise myself as well and that is a tough task for a 16-year-old.
“But I think I did really well in both respects, sporting and personal. I broke through to the first team relatively quickly in Munich.
“That was where I played my first games as a professional. And then, after my 18-month loan to [Bayer] Leverkusen, I played a lot [more].
“I won plenty of titles, I played with fantastic players and I worked with top coaches, so I have really good memories from my time at Bayern. After all, Bayern was a special period in my career.
“I try to stay up to date with how the team is getting on, although that can be difficult sometimes, as we have a lot of games here and I dedicate a lot of time to my private life, too.
“There are still a lot of players there who I played with a lot and others that I still play with for the national team, so I am still in touch with them. Some of them I know off the pitch, players I have known for a long time.”