Guardiola hopes Kroos extends stay with Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola hopes midfielder Toni Kroos will opt to extend his stay with the Champions League winning side. Kroos, who helped his side acquire a 2-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday, is being targeted by Manchester United for a summer switch.
Guardiola shrugged off questions on whether Kroos had been approached by different clubs with offers, but the former Barcelona manager admitted he would like to see the Germany international continue to play under Bayern Munich colors.
Kroos drew first blood in the first leg of the last-16 Champions League tie at the Emirates on Wednesday. The attacking midfielder scored on a stunning curling shot from the outside of the box and between two Arsenal players, leaving everyone around standing mesmerized by the beauty of finish.
The Bayern Munich bred player also set up Arjen Robben for the goalscoring opportunity that got Bayern Munich a penalty and Arsenal a red card. Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny came out to defend Kroos’ cross but caught Robben instead of the ball, which resulted in the referee showing Szczesny a straight red card.
“He [Kroos] played on a very, very high level. That was real Champions League level,” Guardiola said.
Talks with Kroos over a new contract have been put on hold after an earlier attempt resulted in a stalemate. Now, Kroos has decided to keep all contract talks paused till the end of the season and in the meantime only concentrate on bringing his best to the field for Bayern Munich.
Guardiola claims Kroos has expressed no intentions of leaving Bayern Munich, so it would wrong to speculate about the German star jumping ships.
“We all want him to prolong [his stay], and he also wants that, I am very positive about it. The club, we all want that,” Kroos said after the 2-0 win over Arsenal on Wednesday. “Big players always show up for the big games -- and one took place on Wednesday,”
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neur and Kroos were hailed as the heroes for Bayern Munich in the night. While Kroos became a constant threat for Arsenal’s defense, Neur made sure Bayern Munich went back home with a clean sheet. The Germany international saved Mesut Ozil’s spot-kick and made a number of other important saves as well.
Bayern Munich will now host Arsenal at Allianz Arena for the second leg of the last-16 tie in a couple of weeks.