Talk of Manchester United's hopes of signing Bayern Munich playmaker Toni Kroos being boosted due to an apparent bust-up between him and manager Pep Guardiola may well have been premature, with the player having moved to cool reports of such a spat.
German international Kroos - who has been linked with a £40m move to the Red Devils in recent days - appeared furious with Guardiola's decision to replace him with compatriot Mario Gotze during Bayern's 1-1 Champions League quarter-final first-leg draw at Old Trafford on Tuesday night, leading some to speculate that such potential unhappiness could result in a boost for the Red Devils' transfer hopes.
However, it seems that might not be the case after all, with the 24-year-old seeking to play down rumours of any disagreement and confirm that he had no issue with being substituted.
"We only discussed a few tactical things. It was the coach's decision to replace me," Kroos was quoted as saying by TZ in an interview that was featured by Goal.com.
"I don't mind when I'm taken off after 70 minutes. The plan was to bring on Mario Gotze in order to play even more attacking for the final 20 minutes. That is not a problem for me. The coach told me I did well. Everything was just fine. Nobody likes to be substituted."
While such touchline disagreements can often be commonplace - especially on such big occasions - this is not the first time that Guardiola and Kroos have appeared to clash, with a similar incident having occurred during a Bundesliga fixture against Stuttgart back in January.
Manchester United - who evidently took a lot of pleasure from a spirited performance against the reigning European champions following such dark and morbid predictions of their demise - are expected to hand manager David Moyes a hefty transfer budget to improve his squad this summer.
Just whether or not Kroos could be enticed to Old Trafford remains to be seen, but for now, if the player is to be believed of course, it appears that there is no lasting friction between him and Guardiola that could prevent him from remaining at the Allianz Arena.
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