The future of midfielder Toni Kroos has come under mass speculation of late, with Manchester United being heavily linked with the German, but the player’s agent has now ruled him out of a move away from Bayern Munich in the summer.
Volker Struth, Kroos’ agent, told German newspaper Bild that his player will remain in Munich colours for at least another year—reported via BBC Sport:
“There's no official contract offer and there's no need for United to submit one. Toni's at Bayern until at least 2015."
The 24-year-old’s contract is due to expire in the summer of 2015, meaning that he could potentially move to Old Trafford for a free transfer, but Bayern will be hoping to keep him in Germany for the long term.
As The Telegraph reported, Bayern manager Pep Guardiola is keen to keep working with Kroos in Munich:
“It depends on Toni, but we want to continue with him here”
Kroos has been one of Bayern’s top performers during the club’s Bundesliga-winning campaign and keeps play ticking over in a fashion that is worthy of being part of the European champions’ setup.
According to WhoScored.com, Kroos’ pass-completion rate in the Bundesliga this season is a staggering 91.9 per cent, though it’s hardly surprising given the midfielder’s ability on the ball.
His vision, awareness and movement have made him one of the best midfielders on the planet, and Struth’s news will be a kick in the teeth for David Moyes and Manchester United.
Moyes will almost certainly be looking to strengthen his side after their sobering season in the English top flight, with reports emerging that United were weighing up an offer of £260,000 per week to prize the German away from Bavaria—per Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.
However, United will likely turn their attention elsewhere following Struth’s announcement, though central midfielders will remain top of Moyes’ priority list for the summer.
Without the lure of Champions League football at Old Trafford next season, it will be difficult to prize players like Kroos away from life amongst Europe’s elite; but it’s something they have to somehow manage if they’re to reverse their gloomy fortunes.