Midfield starlet Toni Kroos has confirmed he is in no rush to sign a new deal with Champions League winners Bayern Munich.
Sky Sports' Thomas Zocher reports that Kroos has been in negotiations for a while with the German team over a new deal, but the player and club have so far failed to come to an agreement.
Zocher quotes the Germany international talking to Kicker-Sportmagazin: "We have focused on signing a new deal for some time. However, we did not reach an agreement in January. I want to fully focus on the 2014 World Cup. I do not want to discuss contracts during the tournament. There is no deadline for my future to be sorted."
Kroos has had an excellent season for the Bavarian club, featuring 21 times in the Bundesliga, per Squawka. He rates as the squad's fifth-best player this season in the league, according to Squawka's performance evaluation statistics.
His recent performance in the Champions League against Arsenal at the Emirates was particularly eye-catching, as noted by Squawka:
Toni Kroos completed 21 long passes last night. The entire Arsenal side managed 14. Perfect midfield performance.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 20, 2014
Manchester United will be nervous in this situation, after losing out on a host of players last summer. Kroos would be vital in David Moyes' rebuilding of the club, and he would be the central focus in the team's midfield.
United need him more than he needs them, and this could be where the problem will come from.
As big as United are, any possible deal will hinge on money and wages. Kroos is already playing regularly in the best club side in the world, so a move to England will have to be worth his while.
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The disaster of the 2013-14 season will push the Glazer family—owners of United—in their efforts to attract world-class talent, but it is going to be a difficult balancing act, especially as the club will almost certainly not have Champions League football as a carrot to offer new signings.
Moyes must get his man this time. There are few better midfielders than Kroos in European football at the moment. A successful World Cup will see the player's valuation explode, so any deal needs to be done quickly by United. They must secure the player before the vultures can strike and steal him away.