Pep Guardiola has insisted that he and the club tried to keep Toni Kroos at the Allianz Arena before he jetted off to join Real Madrid after the World Cup.
In his most recent press conference, the Spaniard stated: "We tried to get him to stay, but I understand. He's young and wants a new challenge. It's his choice and we have to accept that. I hope he's happy in Madrid."
These were kind words from the ex-Barcelona coach who many thought would have been bitter watching one of his prized midfield talents moving on to his former rivals for a fee of £20million. Because of this move, there were suggestions that there was a rift between the two and Pep admits that there were initial problems but he could always rely on the 24 year-old.
"We had a lot of problems at the start, especially in the centre of the pitch, but he was always there when we needed him."
There was heavy speculation that the German midfielder would be heading to Manchester United to join up with ex-Bayern coach, Louis van Gaal but the appeal of the Galacticos was too tempting to resist.
Last season and the World Cup
In total, Kroos made a total of 42 appearances for the Bundesliga champions and scored five goals combined in the league, Champions League and the Club World Cup. Most of his appearances were made in the centre of midfield but when called upon, Kroos was able to adapt moving into a more attacking and defensive position on occasions.
He then went on to feature in all of Germany's World Cup matches and he put in a man of the match performance against Brazil in the semi-final where he found the net twice and provided an assist in their 7-1 demolition.
After winning the World Cup, Real Madrid were quick to pounce on the well documented midfield maestro along with the competitions top goal scorer, James Rodriguez who has also joined the La Liga side.
Guardiola's lack of spending
Since January, Guardiola has brought in three players, two of which are youngsters in the form of Sebastian Rode, the former-Frankfurt midfielder, and Spanish 21 year-old left back, Juan Bernat.
Robert Lewandowski has been their marquee signing but he comes in to replace Mario Mandzukic who left to join Atletico Madrid. There has been no major improvements on the Bayern squad this summer where as Borussia Dortmund have bolstered their front line in reply by bringing in Serie A top scorer, Ciro Immobile and former Hertha Berlin striker, Adrian Ramos.
Undoubtedly, Bayern have the strongest side in the Bundesliga but when it comes to the European competitions, the German giants are being matched for talent by three Spanish sides.
The appeal is there but Guardiola is only interested in buying the right players that are suited to his style of play. The strategic method has been very successful for Guardiola over the years but their Champions League semi-final defeat at the hands of Real Madrid, which was quite convincing at that, should have been a wake up call for the club. Bayern aren't quite ready to dominate Europe just yet.
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