Bayern Munich attacker Toni Kroos reacted angrily upon being substituted on Wednesday night by manager Pep Guardiola following the boss’ comments over the German international’s future this week.
Kroos was replaced after an hour by Mario Mandzukic and appeared visibly frustrated by the manager’s decision following the former Barcelona coach’s comments this week that he could be allowed to leave the Allianz Arena this month after turning down an offer to extend his contract.
Meanwhile, Manchester United manager David Moyes has been spotted in discussion with the 24-year-old agent on a scouting trip. The Red Devils’ boss is expected to face strong competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea who reportedly told the European champions to ‘name their price’ for Kroos.
"I simply did not expect to be substituted. Of course I have to accept that. Plus, I was really angry we were behind,” Kroos explained to Bild following his outburst on in midweek.
The Bundesliga giants are still open to agreeing terms with the player their chief executive insists they still hope to keep beyond his current contract, which expires in less than 18 months.
However, Bayern Munich’s manager appears to be a little more open to a deal and, given the player’s reaction on Wednesday, as well as his ‘explanation’ claiming that he was angry the team were behind against Stuttgart - we saw much the same sequence of events unfold at the Bernabeu in the summer prior to Kroos' compatriot Mesut Ozil's move to Arsenal.
If recent precedent is anything to go by, Kroos' 'strop' only opens the window of opportunity wider for both Manchester United and Chelsea to get their man before the 11pm deadline this Friday.
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