Any remaining rumours suggesting that long-term Manchester United target Toni Kroos would still be arriving at Old Trafford this summer, have been once and for all put to bed by the player himself.
Most leading papers carried the news yesterday that Louis van Gaal had effectively pulled the plug on a supposed agreed deal to sign the German international, but that hasn’t stopped the 24-year-old from ruling out a move all the same. Kroos told German publication Bild that he expected to be playing for Bayern Munich next season, despite strong speculation that he would be making a move to United.
“There was a lot of speculation. But Manchester was never an issue," Kroos said.
“I expect to play next year at Bayern. And now I want to concentrate fully on the World Cup."
The news will come as a damning blow to United, who may well have reignited their interest in Kroos during the summer transfer window. The midfield anchor has been pursued by the powers that be at Old Trafford for some time now, and his talents would most certainly be welcomed in the red half of Manchester.
However, his latest comments should all but put a definitive end to what has been a fairly confusing transfer saga, with certain sources claiming that a deal had been finalised for Kroos to join United. Van Gaal will now have to return to the drawing board with regards to who he wants to bolster his midfield this summer, with the likes of Kevin Strootman, Marco Reus and Everton’s James McCarthy high on the agenda.