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Bayern stand firm on Kroos despite United interest

ESPN staff
February 24, 2014
Toni Kroos has been targeted by Manchester United manager David Moyes © Getty Images

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer has insisted the club will not sell Toni Kroos, amid new speculation about a multi-million euro offer from Manchester United.

Midfielder Kroos is under contract until 2015, but has yet to reach an agreement on a new deal with Bayern. He is reportedly on €86,000 a week, and hopes to at least double his wages if he is to put pen to paper.

Kroos led Bayern Munich to a 2-0 victory at Arsenal on Wednesday, and afterwards German media heaped praise on the 24-year-old.

Kroos has been linked with a transfer to Old Trafford over the last couple of months, with the latest reports in English media suggesting that David Moyes could more than treble Kroos' salary, putting him on some €300,000-a-week.

But, speaking to Bild am Sonntag, Sammer ruled out that he could leave the Allianz Arena before his contract expires.

"We value Toni. We have underlined that several times," Sammer said. "Toni is under contract until the summer of 2015. Until then nothing will change. And we try hard to make him stay beyond that."

Sammer did not give anything away about the contract negotiations, which, according to earlier statements by Kroos, have now been put on hold until the summer.

"The constellation during contract talks has to be coined by trust. That's why I won't answer that question," Sammer said.

Coach Pep Guardiola is adamant that Bayern want Kroos to stay at the club. There has been speculation that Bayern could make a move for Schalke's Julian Draxler, should Kroos leave the club in the summer.

Draxler, who was heavily courted by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger during the January transfer window, has a €45.5 million release clause in his contract at Schalke.

Sammer circled around a real answer when asked of Bayern's interest in the player, and said: "In the interests of FC Bayern I can't principally and generally rule out anything. No matter for which player, national or international. And why should I? Because I will never rule out the best for the club. And you will see, who will be the best in the future."

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