Guardiola on United target Kroos - 'I would like Toni to stay here'

Toni Kroos, Germany National Football Team

What does this mean for Manchester United's plans of signing Toni Kroos?

In the press conference before the Bundesliga match against Mainz Pep Guardiola was also asked about Kroos and his statements were clearer then ever.

“You know my opinion. I would like Toni to stay here. Toni know’s my opinion about him and he knows the club’s opinion. I am very very optimistic that in the end Toni will stay with us and that he will play many many years more for this great club.”

This statement probably doesn’t increase United’s hope to have him in their team from summer on. Should they now let it be and look for another player instead?

Once again, Guardiola’s statement only marks one side of the story. In this case it’s a little bit more complicated because he might know the club’s opinion but we don’t. At least until now nobody from Bayern’s management has stated clearly that they really want to keep Kroos under all circumstances. Just as Kroos has avoided to give any hints about his future career plans.

Guardiola’s statement might help to convince Kroos to stay after all. The 24-year-old midfielder is currently also looking for more appreciation, apart from the pay rise of course, from Bayern’s side. He knows that Bayern will give him a lot of opportunities to win many international and national titles, whereas it’s not known yet how successful Manchester United’s transition after this season will be.

Maybe Kroos just wants to know if the coach, who probably will be in charge of Bayern for quite a while, really sees him as a key player. If that is the case then the club will probably be also willing to pay him more. Under that condition it would be very likely that Guardiola’s prophecy will come true and that we will see Kroos for many more years in the Bayern jersey.

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