Kroos still out in the cold - Good news for Manchester United?

Toni Kroos, FIFA WC Qualification 2014

Manchester United target Toni Kroos remains benched at Bayern Munich following speculation he could leave the Allianz Arena.

The 24-year-old German international’s agent was photographed during the January transfer window in conversation with Manchester United manager David Moyes, who launched a scouting mission in Germany.

The attacking midfielder, who already has 41 caps and 5 goals for his country at senior level, suggested he would not be renewing his contract with the European champions with less than 18 months left on his current deal which is, at present, still being negotiated with the club.

Kroos has not featured in the last two games for Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga. Manager Pep Guardiola explained his exclusion from the team as a ‘tactical decision’ but with the World Cup in Brazil this summer, the midfield star could be forced to rethink his future whilst on the bench.

"Kroos was benched for tactical reasons," the former Barcelona boss said at a press conference.

"It is not the first time that a player is unhappy with one of my decisions. A player is always unhappy when he doesn't play. It's up to me to keep the situation under control.”

The longer Kroos spends on the bench, the higher the likelihood that he could look for a move in the summer, with United boss David Moyes a reported favourite to sign him as part of a squad overhaul at the end of the season.

In January, Guardiola hinted Kroos could be sold – despite recognising the player as ‘important’, he stated he could be ‘here today, gone tomorrow’.

It seems Guardiola is under no inclination to improve the player’s chances of first-team action – whether that be for tactical reasons, as the Spaniard suggested, or for contractual reasons as I would suggest.

Prior to Kroos’ comments on his future in January, he had featured in every Bundesliga game, predominantly from the start and since his outburst following his substitution on January 29, he has featured not once and has been included only on the bench.

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