Manchester United midfielder Toni Kroos has been urged by former manager Jupp Heynckes to resist the temptation to force a transfer, and instead commit his future to Bayern Munich beyond the terms of his current contract.
Kroos has been identified as a key acquisition by Manchester United manager David Moyes, are there will always he hope that a transfer can be secured as long as a contract renewal with Bayern remains unsigned. The 24-year-old is out of contract next summer, but Bayern want him to stay.
There were reports last week that Kroos had informed friends as a desire to secure a transfer to Old Trafford, with Manchester United willing to offer a more sizeable salary and a position of greater status in the team. However, it appears Manchester United have been informed of the futility of their pursuit, despite a willingness to sell £40 million.
At the Allianz Arena there is no shortage of figures trying to convince Kroos of the wisdom of putting pen to paper on a new contract, and it may be that Heynckes could be the final voice required to persuade him to commit.
"I spoke with Toni. If he takes my words seriously, he will stay. A place like Bayern is not currently available in Europe," Heynckes told SPORT1.
"He would be well advised to extend. He has a good offer on the table. Toni knows. I hope that his advisor also knows.”