Guardian, Thursday, May 22, 2014 3:23 PM
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos
, a transfer target of former Manchester United manager David Moyes
, is no longer a possible piece of the rebuilding job facing
successor Louis van Gaal
. Kroos played a prominent role as Bayern knocked United out of the Champions League last season and at 24 has many fruitful seasons left in his career.
He also has just one year remaining on his Bayern contract. He can play as a playmaker or in a box-to-box role, but Van Gaal has decided against pursuing him any further.
Van Gaal was
named as Moyes’ replacement last week and will formally take over once he’s done coaching the Netherlands at the World Cup. Former United midfielder Paul Scholes
retired last year, cited Kroos as a key element in the club’s renovation but also says there are many slots that need to be filled.
“The first player I’d bring in is Toni
Kroos. He’s a top-class central midfield player but United need five or six to get anywhere near the top of the Premier League again,” said Scholes to Paddy Power.
not stated he’s set on leaving Bayern. Club president Karl Hopfner
said to Kicker magazine: “There will certainly be further talks. But at some point the player has to say
what he wants. We will not exceed certain financial boundaries.”
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