Manchester United given yet more encouragement to sign Toni Kroos

Bayern Munich dropped Toni Kroos yet again at the weekend.

Manchester United were strongly linked to Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos at the end of the recent transfer window, and they are indirectly being handed encouragement to go in for him during the summer.

Kroos has a contract which expires in 2015, and is yet to indicate he wants to re-sign, even his statement on Facebook last week simply stated he wanted to get to the end of the season and address his future then.

His agent was even snapped speaking to David Moyes, which set the rumour mill spinning initially, and it appears as though he is being made to pay for his unwillingness to commit his future.

Ever since the events at the end of January, Kroos has been frozen out by Pep Guardiola, and has not played a single minute.

His absence from the Bayern side was a case at the weekend for the second week in succession, and while the Bundesliga leaders used all three substitutes, Kroos was overlooked.

In the 2-0 away win at Nurnberg, Kroos could only watch on as Guardiola called upon substitutes Javi Martinez, Xherdan Shaqiri, and then Claudio Pizarro to take their places on the field.

The fact Shaqiri appears to have suddenly leapfrogged him in the pecking order is of most concern.

Kroos started the game against Stuttgart on January 29, but his reaction when he was substituted, and he threw his gloves to the floor in frustration clearly has upset the management as much as his contract situation, and an apology has done little to claw back the situation.

Bayern only turned around that game when Kroos departed, having been 1-0 down and going onto win 2-1, and Guardiola will as a result be able to claim his decision is purely football related, but that's still unlikely to please the midfielder.

With a Champions League clash at the Emirates upcoming, if Kroos is as expected likely to sit on the bench, it will further cause him to contemplate how he has gone backwards of late; last season he started at the ground and scored in an impressive 3-1 win.

If Manchester United are as expected, monitoring the German's situation, they are likely to be very pleased with how it is all panning out with regard to convincing the star to join them next season.

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