The midfielder appears to have put an end to the speculation.
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos appears to have put an end to the speculation linking him with a summer transfer to Manchester United.
There have been reports aplenty that having failed to agree a new deal with the Bundesliga champions the 24-year-old would leave the Allianz Arena for a reunion with Louis van Gaal at the Red Devils.
Yet despite the fact Kroos still hasn’t signed a new contract with Bayern and club president Karl Hopfner says they won’t break the bank to keep him, the Germany international has pledged his future to his current side for at least one more year.
“There was a lot of speculation. But Manchester is and was not an issue,” the German told Bild.
“I expect to play next year at Bayern. And now I want to concentrate fully on the World Cup.”
This will come as extremely bad news to United, who were hoping to make Kroos one of their marquee signings to start the new van Gaal era at Old Trafford.
It has been a difficult past 12 months for the club after the retirement of legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson, with successor David Moyes failing to live up to expectations.
Moyes was sacked just 10 months into his six-year deal after guiding the side to their lowest ever Premier League points tally and no Champions League football for the first time since 1995.
On Monday van Gaal was announced as the Scot’s replacement and due to his strong connections with Bayern – having managed them between 2009 and 2011 – was expected to lure Kroos to the Theatre of Dreams.
As it is they will have to wait until at least 2015 for the attacking midfielder, with Hopfner admitting Bayern could face a similar scenario to that of Michael Ballack in 2006 – who left the German champions on a free transfer for Chelsea.
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