Following a reported contract dispute over wages, the future of Bayern Munich forward Toni Kroos has been put into doubt. The 24-year-old’s contract runs out in 2015 and so far both parties haven’t been able to negotiate a new deal.
Doubts increased towards the end of the January transfer window following a poor reaction to being substituted as well as possible transfer indications from both Pep Guardiola and Karl-Heinz Rummenige.
The Daily Mail reported that Manchester United were to offer a £25m deadline day bid for the German international, yet a stunning deal never materialised.
Former Borussia Monchengladbach and Real Madrid star Günter Netzer is now working in the media business and expressed his doubts to German paper Bild over Toni Kroos’ recent behaviour.
Netzer describes Kroos’ decision to drive a desired contract with Bayern as a risky game - as the Bayern association is no longer willing to give in to players’ demands. He says that Bayern have the obligation to keep salaries healthy and as close to reality as possible.
Bayern are also said to be willing to make an example of the Manchester United target in an attempt to show Europe’s leading clubs that they are not prepared to comply with the boundless salary demands.
The German legend went on to say that if Kroos is smart he will look at his position within the squad and not overplay his situation, believing that he can have both fortune and success at Bayern without the astronomical wages.
As a final comment, Netzer warned that nobody at Bayern is irreplaceable, especially not Toni Kroos who has plenty of competition for his place in the starting XI.
If no deal is sorted by the summer, expect Bayern to cash in with Manchester United at the front of the queue, waiting gleefully to take advantage of the situation.
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