Guardiola: I want Kroos to stay

The Bayern boss is determined to keep hold of the midfielder following rumours linking him with a summer move, while he is unfazed by criticism after his side’s recent loss to BVB

Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola has insisted that he wants Toni Kroos to remain at the Bundesliga club amid rumours linking the midfielder with a move to Manchester United in the summer.

Kroos, who has made 45 appearances for Bayern this season, has been a pivotal player in his side’s success in winning the Bundesliga title and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League and DFB-Pokal this season and Guardiola is determined to hold onto the 24-year-old.

“I want Toni to stay. Kalle [Rummenigge] and Matthias [Sammer] want him to stay as well,” Guardiola told reporters. “He is a superb player and can decide for himself. We want him to stay.”

Guardiola also accepted criticism following his side’s 3-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, however he has brushed it off, insisting that he faced similar pressure at other clubs.

“It’s the same at all big clubs. You can’t imagine what it was like at Barcelona when we didn’t win. It’s the same at Milan, Real Madrid, too.

“It didn’t surprise me. I knew at my first press conference at the Allianz Arena that winning was the only option.

“I’m just here to help the players. I can’t always win – sorry, I’m not God.

“Losing against Dortmund made me realise how important the league is and how important games against are. I realised how painful the defeat was for the fans.

“When we are dominant, we play well and have a good structure. The opponent finds it difficult to counter, especially as I have very good defenders in my team.

“However, we have conceded too many goals lately and we must return as soon as possible to our usual game.

“Myself and the players know that we will not reach a final if we play like we have in the last three games.”


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