Sunday 21 January 2018

Toni Kroos will shun Manchester United to stay at Bayern - agent

Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich
Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich's Germany midfielder Toni Kroos will stay with the Bavarian giants until at least 2015, despite interest from Manchester United, his agent has revealed.

United have been tracking the 24-year-old for some time and have been willing to pay him a huge contract to play at Old Trafford next season.

However, his agent, Volker Struth, has said the 42-cap international will stay at Bayern until at least the end of his contract.

"There is no official contract offer and there is no need for United to submit one, because Toni will play at FC Bayern until at least 2015," Struth told German newspaper Bild.

Kroos could well join the English club as a free agent when his Bayern deal expires, but the Bundesliga champions are eager for him to stay in Munich.

Extension talks have stalled with Kroos reported to want his salary tripled to make him one of Bayern's top earners.

"It depends on Toni, but we want to continue with him here," said Bayern coach Pep Guardiola.

On Monday, Bayern strengthened their squad by signing defensive midfielder Sebastian Rode from Eintracht Frankfurt on a four-year deal.

While Kroos can play in that position, Guardiola has regularly used him as an attacking midfielder this season.

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