Manchester United's hopes of signing Toni Kroos appear to have been dented, with Pep Guardiola insisting that the player wants to stay with Bayern Munich.
24-year-old playmaker Kroos, who joined the Bundesliga giants back in 2006, proved his quality on Wednesday night with a quite superb performance that helped Bayern to beat Arsenal 2-0 during the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United have been extensively linked with Kroos - a player supposedly valued at a whopping £50 million - and manager David Moyes was even spotted in the stands during the match last night.
However Guardiola, who took over the reigns at the Allianz Arena during the summer, clearly wants Kroos to stay and believes that the player wants the same thing.
"We all want him to prolong [his stay], and he also wants that, I am very positive about it. The club, we all want that," he was quoted by ESPN following the Champions League encounter.
Manchester United, who signed another midfielder in the form of former Chelsea star Juan Mata for £37.1 million during the recent January transfer window, are expected to heavily invest in an attempt to improve their ailing squad during the summer.
Kroos, who has been involved in somewhat of a contract stand-off with Bayern Munich as he reportedly seeks to improve his earnings, is a very talented player and would certainly provide an upgrade on the likes of Nani, Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young at Old Trafford.
However, it looks as if Manchester United might be forced to look elsewhere with Guardiola seemingly certain that Kroos wants to remain with Bayern.
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