Bayern Munich’s honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has warned Toni Kroos that no player is indispensable and insisted he should consider his wage demands if he wants to continue as a Bayern player.
The 24-year-old is at loggerheads with Bayern because he wants his £90,000 a week wages increased to a reported £150,000 so that he has more parity with some of the better paid players in Bayern’s squad such as Thiago, Arjen Robben and Philipp Lahm.
However, Bayern’s very public stance that no player will force the club to change their wage structure is as big an indication as any that all is not well with Kroos in Germany.
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“You have to make a decision as a club when someone’s demands are going through the roof,” Beckenbauer said.
“There is not a single player who’s worth changing your entire wage structure for.
“Nobody’s indispensable. If the player wants to stay at Bayern, I can only advise him not to overplay his hand.”
Bayern’s sporting director Matthias Sammer has also spoken out about the current situation with Kroos. Sammer reiterated Guardiola’s more friendly stance that Kroos is considered an important player for Bayern and that they have no intention of letting him leave.
“Toni has a contract until the summer of 2015 and he will not be going anywhere before then,” he told Bild.
“And we are determined to make sure he will stay at Bayern beyond the expiry date of his current deal.
“We really value Toni and have shown so more than once.”
Kroos has made 35 appearances in all competitions for Bayern so far this term, scoring twice in the process.
There are plenty of United fans that think Kroos joining United is impossible but it is not the case. Bayern are trying to pressure Kroos into lowering his wage demands through the press and he is clearly not budging as of right now.
They don’t want to ruin their wage structure but Kroos wants parity with Bayern’s biggest players and for Kroos to stay in Bavaria, there has to be a compromise.
By the sounds of it, the club has no intention of bowing down to the demands of a player so it will likely be up to Kroos to lower his demands in order to stay.
If he doesn’t, then he’ll have to seek another club willing to pay what he is asking for – step forward David Moyes and Manchester United.
Kroos is a world class player and if United really wanted to use his contract stalemate to their advantage, publicly informing Kroos we’d be willing to pay £250,000 a week is the perfect way to put a cat among the pigeons. Bayern would then be forced to pay that or see him leave.
Rooney held United to ransom back in 2010 with his wage demands and we caved. Will Bayern do the same with Kroos?
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