Bayern's Kroos talks stall

The 24-year-old has just 18 months remaining on his existing deal and is yet to reach an agreement over extending his stay at the Allianz Arena

Bayern Munich are still trying to convince midfielder Toni Kroos to sign a new deal, chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has revealed.

The 24-year-old Germany international sees his current contract expire next year and the Bavarian giants are desperate for him to commit his future to the club. 

But those talks have stalled, with Bayern – who have recently seen David Alaba and Jerome Boateng sign contract extensions – still battling to secure the signature of Kroos.

“To be honest…because the talks so far have not led to a new contract…it’s always about the money in every agreement,” Rummenigge told Kicker.

“We are interested that Toni prolongs his contract.”

Rummenigge also reiterated that Bayern are interested in extending Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic’s contract.

That is despite the impending arrival of Poland forward Robert Lewandowski, who will join on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

“He (Mario Mandzukic) is under contract until 2016. I have dropped hints to both him and his agent that we would be willing to hold talks,” Rummenigge said.

“We are very pleased with him. There were quite a few people who shook their heads in disbelief when we signed him form Wolfsburg.

“But he was exactly the type of player we wanted. He has brought in those qualities, and we are very pleased.”

Ballon d'Or a bad moment for Ribery – Muller

The Frenchman lost out to Cristiano Ronaldo in the individual accolade but the Germany midfielder is adamant the former Marseille star will build on a successful 2013 for Bayern

Thomas Muller says Bayern Munich team-mate Franck Ribery will not allow his Ballon d’Or snub to destory his form.

Ribery was one of the front-runners to win the award alongside Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo after a successful year with Bayern.

However, the Frenchman ended up losing out on the individual accolade to the Portuguese, but Muller insists it will not affect the former Marseille man’s performances in 2014.

“I don’t see any positive or negative effects,” he told AZ. “It was a bad moment for him – he had hopes that were dashed.

“But he will build on his good performances and show everyone what we can do. He’s on the ball as always.”

Bayern return to domestic action against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday following the winter break.

The Bavarians have a sizeable lead at the top of the Bundesliga, leading second-placed Bayer Leverkusen by seven points but suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg in a friendly encounter last weekend.

Muller says Pep Guardiola’s men have to hit the ground running against Gladbach.

“We have to get out of a holiday mood,” he said.  “We want to show that we are there from the beginning.

“Our goal must be that we get the Bundesliga trophy quickly. Now we need to develop the competitive spirit that has made us strong.

“Gladbach are good going forward. They have strong, simple players who work well together. They have a good coach, a good stadium, good fans. It was never easy for us. It won’t be a walk in the park.”

Ribery unaffected by Ballon d'Or snub, says Muller

The Frenchman lost out to Cristiano Ronaldo in the individual accolade but the Germany midfielder is adamant Ribery will build on a successful 2013 for Bayern

Thomas Muller says Bayern Munich team-mate Franck Ribery is unaffected by his Ballon d’Or snub.

Ribery was one of the front-runners to win the award alongside Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi and Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo after a successful year with Bayern.

However, the Frenchman ended up losing out to Ronaldo for the individual accolade, but Muller insists it will not affect the former Marseille man’s performances in 2014.

“I don’t see any positive or negative effects,” he told AZ. “It was a bad moment for him – he had hopes that were dashed.

“But he will build on his good performances and show everyone what we can do. He’s on the ball as always.”

Bayern return to domestic action against Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday following the winter break.

The Bavarians have a sizeable lead at the top of the Bundesliga, leading second-placed Bayer Leverkusen by seven points, though, suffered a surprise 3-0 defeat to Red Bull Salzburg in a friendly encounter.

Muller says Pep Guardiola’s men have to hit the ground running against Gladbach.

“We have to get out of a holiday mood,” he said.  “We want to show that we are there from the beginning.

“Our goal must be that we get the Bundesliga trophy quickly. Now we need to develop the competitive spirit, which has made us strong.

“Gladbach are good going forward. They have strong, simple players who work well together. They have a good coach, a good stadium, good fans. It was never easy for us. It won’t be a walk in the park.”

Guardiola: Ribery a doubt for Bayern

The French winger has had pain in his legs and is facing a race against time to be fit for Friday’s clash against Gladbach after the Bundesliga’s winter break

Pep Guardiola has a doubt over Franck Ribery ahead of Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga clash at Borussia Monchengladbach on Friday.

The France winger has returned to training ahead of the resumption of the Bundesliga season after missing friendlies against Al Kuwait and Red Bull Salzburg.

However, Bayern coach Guardiola revealed the former Marseille man is an injury concern for the trip to third-placed Gladbach.

“He had pain in his legs in the last days. Today we have the last training, until now I still do not know whether he can play tomorrow,” the Spaniard is quoted as saying by Kicker.

One player who will definitely not feature at Borussia-Park is midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been out since November due to an ankle injury and is now suffering with a knee problem.

Schweinsteiger is not yet ready to return, but Guardiola hopes to have the influential Germany international back in the near future as the Bavarian giants continue their pursuit of more silverware.

“He is one of the best players in the league in recent years. We need him, it is a pity for us and for him that he has been able to play so little,” the former Barcelona coach said.

Winger Arjen Robben, who turned 30 on Thursday, and versatile captain Philipp Lahm will return to the squad for the clash with Gladbach.

Guardiola is expecting a stern test from Lucien Favre’s side, who are unbeaten in eight league games.

He added: “If we don’t put all of the things that set us apart into action, then we will have problems.”

Lahm could keep out Schweinsteiger, says Beckenbauer

The club’s honorary president thinks the Germany midfielder could face a tough task to win back his starting berth in the Bayern Munich side

Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer believes Philipp Lahm could keep Bastian Schweinsteiger on the bench at Bayern Munich in the second half of the 2013-14 campaign.

Lahm featured in midfield before the winter break due to Schweinsteiger’s persistent injury problems, and the Bayern captain delivered a series of impressive displays at the heart of Pep Guardiola’s side.

Schweinsteiger recently resumed regular training at Bayern’s winter training camp, but Beckenbauer is not convinced the influential midfielder will be reinstated right away following Lahm’s strong performances.

“Lahm could keep Schweinsteiger out of the Bayern starting XI. Philipp could pretty much play in every position, except goalkeeper,” Beckenbauer was quoted as saying by Bild.

“The final decision obviously lies with Pep Guardiola and it also depends on Schweinsteiger’s fitness.

“I hope that Schweinsteiger can play a good second half of the season after all his physical problems in 2013.”

Bayern resume Bundesliga action on Friday evening when they travel to Borussia Monchengladbach. They currently top the league table with 44 points from 16 games.