Toni Kroos, the Bayern Munich midfielder coveted by Manchester United, has indicated an interest in playing in the Premier League but his head coach, Pep Guardiola, wants to keep him “for many seasons”.

Kroos’ contract expires at the end of the 2014-15 season and he wants a lucrative new deal at the Allianz Arena, bringing him on a par with the club’s big earners such as Franck Ribéry on a reported £170,000.
Bayern’s sporting director, Matthias Sammer, has spoken of the club’s determination that Kroos “will stay beyond the expiry of his current deal”.

Interest from United has inevitably strengthened Kroos’s bargaining position. The 24-year-old is doing little to quell speculation.
“It is no secret that the Premier League is a possibility for me,” Kroos said, ahead of Bayern’s Champions League game with Arsenal on Tuesday night.