Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has promised to keep Toni Kroos at the club next season despite growing interest from Manchester United.
Reports emerged on Monday night that the Bayern Munich midfielder had started telling friends and team-mates that he had decide to quit the Allianz Arena in favour of a move to Manchester United.
Kroos has been at odds with Bayern Munich over a new deal for a number of months and, with only 12 months left on his current deal, is confident he can force them into a sale.
Meanwhile Manchester United manager David Moyes has placed Kroos firmly at the top of his transfer list and is willing to pay up to £40m to make sure the German playmaker moves to Old Trafford this summer.
However, Rummenigge, who has always insisted Kroos will not be sold, has responded to Monday's reports that Kroos has decided to join Manchester United.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "I can promise you that Toni will play for Bayern next season."
The Bayern chief has certainly thrown the gauntlet down to Manchester United, who know that they will not have an easy ride getting Kroos despite the fact he only has one year left on his contract.
If Kroos decides not to renew his deal and United offer as much as £40m, the Bayern would have no choice but to consider the offer or risk losing the player for free in the summer of 2015.
However, Bayern are playing hardball in the transfer tussle and are refusing to meet Kroos' demands for a £150,000-a-week contract, which would be a 150% wage rise on his current £60,000-a-week deal.
in the meantime Kroos will have to help Bayern knockout the club he reportedly wants to join when they take on the Red Devils in the return leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie.
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