Kroos playing a risky game at Bayern, says Netzer

The 69-year-old thinks the Champions League holders could decide to sell the midfielder in order to set an example

Toni Kroos should not “overplay his hand” at Bayern Munich as he could be offloaded to give out a signal to other players that the club will not be held to ransom, the former Germany international Gunter Netzer has warned.

Negotiations between Kroos and Bayern over a contract renewal have so far been unfruitful as the Bundesliga champions are reluctant to meet the 24-year-old’s wage demands.

Netzer has warned the midfielder that he is not indispensable at his current club.

“Kroos is playing a risky game at Bayern. The club is determined not to pay huge wages to all their players in order to stay financially healthy,” Netzer writes in his column for Bild.

“We could see this become a situation where Kroos forces Bayern to set an example. He might be overrating himself a bit in a way that his wage demands do not reflect his worth to the team.

“He’d act wisely to have a good look at the squad and re-think his own situation.

“I would advise Toni Kroos not to overplay his hand. He could enjoy a lot of success at Bayern. It’s not easy to leave a big club like Bayern.  There are a few players that cannot be replaced, but Kroos is not one of them.”

Kroos’ current deal with Bayern is due to expire in the summer of 2015 and Manchester United are reportedly monitoring the midfielder’s situation at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern Munich 5-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Robben returns with a goal as brilliant Bavarians restore 13-point lead

Bayern Munich restored their 13-point advantage at the top of the Bundesliga by routing Eintracht Frankfurt 5-0 at the Allianz Arena on Sunday.

Mario Gotze opened the scoring 12 minutes in and Franck Ribery doubled the home side’s advantage just before the break.

Arjen Robben marked his return from injury with a goal just moments after coming off the bench, Dante made it 4-0 midway through the second half before Mario Mandzukick put the seal on a resounding victory late on.

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Bayern players get Germany preference – Hummels

The defender says that Die Schwarzgelben players joke about transfer rumours in training, while revealing that they are confident of finishing second in the Bundesliga

Bayern Munich players get preferential treatment in Germany’s national team, according to Borussia Dortmund centre-back Mats Hummels.

The 25-year-old, who is one of the only BVB regulars in Joachim Low’s starting line-up, feels that playing at the Allianz Arena is a massive advantage when it comes to Die Mannschaft.

“I believe that, in principle, it is easier to get into the national team if you perform well at Bayern, compared to what the benefits of playing for other clubs are,” Hummels told Welt am Sonntag.

“If someone plays five good games in a row for the Bavarians, there is more talk about them being in the national team than of those who play five good games in a row for Dortmund or Wolfsburg or Bayer Leverkusen.”

Hummels’ status as an automatic starter for Germany has been rocked in the last 12 months due to mediocre showings on the international stage, but the defender says this has only improved his rapport with head coach Low.

“I have to go say very clearly: in this phase, where I’ve had a small crisis, my relationship with the national coach has been much better,” he added.”

“We have since talked very openly. That was very important for me. So I got to know his thoughts and ideas even better. In turn, he has listened to my opinion.”

Barcelona-bound? | Hummels laughed off links with Camp Nou

Hummels has been rumoured for a long while to be a Barcelona target, but he laughed off the suggestion of him leaving Signal Iduna Park in the summer and said that the Bundesliga club do well at replacing departed players with quality ones.

“We do have our jokes about [the transfer rumours] and look at them in a much more relaxed way than many might believe,” he added.

“Also, this is because we have great confidence in the people in our club’s management. I assume that already the new season is being planned and – if we should actually lose players – again good to be fetched.

“Last summer, we brought on board Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.”

However, with Bayern 14 points clear of the Schwarzgelben in the Bundesliga with a game in hand, Hummels has accepted that finishing second is the best Jurgen Klopp’s men can manage this campaign.

“Second place in the Bundesliga is our goal,” the defender continued. “It has to be.

“I’ve never measured success in terms of trophies. I would never say, ‘If I have never won the Champions League, I am not happy in life’.

“I do not necessarily want to play for the best team in the world. I would prefer to win the Champions League with Dortmund than six with another club.”

Thiago: Bayern are not champions yet

The Spain midfielder dismisses suggestions that this season’s Bundesliga title race is already over and warns he has yet to find his best form under Pep Guardiola

Thiago Alcantara has refuted suggestions that Bayern Munich have all but sealed the Bundesliga title for another season.

Die Roten have already built a commanding lead in this season’s championship, with nearest challengers Bayer Leverkusen 10 points adrift after their 2-1 victory over Stuttgart.

The Bavarians remain unbeaten in the league this season as they look to retain the title they won at a canter in 2012-13, but Thiago – who scored the winner in the dying minutes on Wednesday – insists the pressure from the chasing pack remains a concern.

“We are not champions yet,” the 22-year-old said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag.

“It’s true, I would not have previously believed that we would already have such a lead but things can also quickly get away from you again. We cannot let up.

“Sure, we sometimes have had games that were much simpler than we would have expected but there were also games that were very close, where we were lucky, where we won by only one goal.

“We have come closer to winning the championship – nothing more.

“We always have pressure. The pressure does not depend on how far we are away from the team in second. The pressure never diminishes. Even if we led by 50 points we would have mega-pressure that would not subside.”

Thiago’s acrobatic 93rd-minute winner against Stuttgart was his first goal in German football since his summer move from Barcelona, and the Spaniard insists he has yet to hit top form under Pep Guardiola this season.

“You have not even see the 100-per-cent Thiago yet,” said the 22-year-old.

“There is still room for improvement. I’ve not been here long and I was initially injured. I’m still learning how to play with my team-mates.

“Pep can be satisfied for only five seconds of a game,” he added of his head coach.

“He wants to win everything. He is always thinking ahead. Five seconds after the end of the game he is already thinking about the next game.”

Bayern, who have 50 points from 18 games, host Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday and will be looking to extend their lead back to 13 points.

Bayern: We won't sell Kroos to Man Utd

The midfielder, whose current deal expires in 2015, has been targeted by Old Trafford and die Roten’s transfer chief fears he may not renew his contract

Bayern Munich sporting director Matthias Sammer says the club will not sell Toni Kroos to Manchester United despite the midfielder’s hesitation to sign a new contract.

The 24-year-old’s current deal with the European champions expires in June 2015, while David Moyes was pictured speaking with the midfielder’s agent during a scouting trip in January.

Man Utd interest in Kroos in January was not enough to trigger a bid for the Bayern star, who refused to commit his future to Pep Guardiola’s side, but the Roten chief says they will not sell Kroos on regardless of whether or not he signs.

“We won’t sell Toni before his contract ends,” Sammer told Suddeutschen Zeitung. “I’ll repeat what Uli Hoeness said: Bayern are a buying club, not a selling club.

“We all want him to extend his deal with us, there is no doubt about that. But he’s not a simple case. At the moment we can’t say the chances that he’ll stay are 80-20 or 70-30.

“Sometimes Toni still thinks too much about his own performance, but he has the ability to eventually take responsibility for our entire team’s performance.”