Earlier today, Toni Kroos denied reports of him being unhappy at Bayern Munich as Premiership giants Manchester United look into the possibility of signing the 24-year old midfielder.
Kroos’s contract at Bayern runs out in the Summer of 2015 and several clubs are reportedly monitoring his situation. Earlier in the week, the German international revealed he is yet to agree upon signing a contract extension with the club.
Speculation regarding a possible move intensified after head coach Pep Guardiola suggested the midfielder could end up leaving the club. Although he was heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in January, no bid has been made for him.
Sports director Matthias Sammer insists everyone at Bayern would love to see Kroos remain with the team: “We are aware that Toni Kroos is a very good player,” Sammer told Sky Deutschland.
We actually have a contract left to go with Toni Kroos and we clearly would want to keep on with him. Everyone at Bayern Munich is sharing this point of view.
Kroos issued a statement on his Facebook page by saying his primary focus is on playing and successfully finishing the season at Bayern.
Should Bayern go into the summer without agreeing on a new deal with Kroos, they will faced with a decision to either cash in on his services or risk losing him on a free transfer. Either way there has not been any shortage of interest for the youngster.
FCB director and current president of the European Club Association wants UEFA to take action against Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain if there is any breach in the regulations of the FIFA Financial Fair Play.
In it’s essence the Financial Fair Play rule doesn’t allow clubs to spend more money than they earn during the season from sold TV rights, gate receipts, sponsorships and competition prize money. Rummenigge was very direct in his comments towards the French side and claims the club is getting more than 200 Million Euros per season coming in from various sources located in Qatar.
“We all know about the money stream coming in from Qatar, allegedly about 200 million euros per season,” Rummenigge continued.
“I hope that (UEFA president) Michel Platini will take this matter seriously. Clubs that breach the FFP rules will have to pay the price.”
“It’s an important moment for UEFA. Clubs have had three years to meet the FFP criteria and UEFA should not accept any breaches of the rules.”
“People might disagree with Platini and I, but it should not be possible that some rich guy from Saudi Arabia or Russia can decide the Champions League. Platini shares my opinion on this.”
17 out of 18 clubs in the Bundesliga achieved profit last season, the league announced last month. Rummenigge believes the big clubs in Germany will not be able to compete with clubs who are in breach of the aforementioned rules.
“Bundesliga clubs comply with FFP, but this is not the case in all of Europe. UEFA should enforce the rules. The big German clubs will struggle to keep their teams together if other clubs don’t comply with FFP.” – said Rummenigge.
No comments were made by the French champions, who are owned by the Qatar Investment Authority since 2011.
The creative midfielder, who is enjoying life at Bayern Munich, has revealed he has fully adapted to the playing style in Germany after making the switch from Barcelona and it’s “tika-taka” philosophy. Despite people often comparing Bayern’s possession-based style of play under Guardiola to the one at Thiago’s former club, the talented Spaniard claims he had to change his style of play in order to fit in at his new club. “I had to change my Barcelona style a bit when I got here,” the 22-year-old told TZ. “It’s a different type of football but that’s only improved me as a player.” Thiago also revealed he is having the best time of his career at Bayern. He added: “Some of my former Barcelona team-mates have already visited me here. I am feeling very well here and that’s what I’ve told them as well. “I didn’t have any expectations when I joined Bayern. I had never expected that everything would have been perfectly organised like this.” In a recent Bundesliga match against Eintracth Frankfurt, which Bayern convincingly won 5-0, he broke Bastian Schweinsteiger’s Bundesliga record of most touches in a match with 185. Though he insists it is more important to him to continue to fully adapt to his new club rather than the record itself.
I don’t really care about how many touches of the ball I get. What matters to me is that I understand my team-mates on the pitch. I am slowly starting to get to grips with how the guys are behaving in certain situations and where they want to receive the ball. That’s important to me.
Thiago’s ability to “play three, four, five positions” as Guardiola pointed out earlier in the season gives the head coach additional options in his current 4-1-4-1 formation, particularly with Bastian Schweinsteiger struggling with injuries this season. Bayern signed the Spanish international last summer and he has been in fine form this season notching up nine appearances in the Bundesliga to go along with two in the Champions League.