Kroos stand-off down to money – Hargreaves

The former Bayern star says that players only leave the Allianz Arena if they want a new sporting challenge and believes the 24-year-old should sign a new deal

By Enis Koylu

Money is the underlying issue in the current contract stand-off between Bayern Munich and Toni Kroos, according to Owen Hargreaves.

The Germany international announced in February that talks over a new deal had broken down and has since been repeatedly linked with a move to Manchester United.

Hargreaves, who left Bayern for Old Trafford in 2007, believes that the 24-year-old would not quit Bavaria for sporting reasons, though.

“Not many players leave Bayern Munich. I only wanted to leave because I’d spent 10 years there, so for me, it wasn’t a money thing, I just wanted a new challenge,” he told Goal.

“I represented England and I wanted to play in that league. With Kroos, it’s different. He’s been at Bayern Munich for a long time since he went there at a young age from Hansa Rostock.

“But this is more of a money issue than anything. I think the bigger question is: ‘would he suit the Premier League? Is he going to suit a team who play 4-4-2 with two strikers up top?’

“He’d have a lot of responsibility with tracking back and that’s not one of his greatest strengths, so he’d suit maybe an Arsenal or Real Madrid or Barcelona. I think he’s probably in the best place for himself right now.

“The grass isn’t always greener. He could easily go somewhere else but he’s got everything he needs at Bayern. If he wants a change of scenery and to learn a new language, he can.

“They’ve got a ready-made replacement in Thiago [Alcantara] right now.”

Bayern are aiming to secure a domestic double when they meet Borussia Dortmund in the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday evening.

Fans can watch the German Cup Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund exclusively live from 6.45pm this Saturday 17th May on BT Sport 2. BT Sport is free with BT broadband, to find out more visit

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