£35m-rated United target comments on current manager - good/bad news?

Pass-master Toni Kroos has talked up the ability of Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola in what could be construed as bad news for Manchester United.

With 2,705 combined minutes in the Bundesliga and Champions League clocked already this season, Toni Kroos, Bayern Munich's 24-year-old midfield maestro, has accumulated commendable statistics.

Long regarded as one of Europe's future footballing stars, the German is reaching his potential under current manager Pep Guardiola, a coach he speaks fondly of in recent comments to the official website of UEFA.

"He has different ideas from other coaches," said Kroos, on the eve of Bayern's first leg semifinal Champions League test against Real Madrid.

Kroos has tallied up 70 tackle attempts, a 93% passing accuracy, 80 average passes made, 52 chances created, six assists and three goals scored in the German league and in Europe.

It is his ability at both ends of the field that Guardiola is nurturing, as Kroos explained: "We have flexible players and I enjoy that because it fits in with my own way of playing.

"When we lose the ball we're told to retrieve it in the following three to five seconds. That's the case for every player – you have to run the extra yards."

Any developing relationship between Kroos and Guardiola spells bad news for Manchester United - and any other prowling Premier League club - as the player, rated £35m by transfermarkt.co.uk, was potentially available for transfer in the summer market (contract expires in 2015, ambiguous contentment at Allianz Arena). Kroos may shun any suitors, though, in order to continue his development in Bavaria.

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