Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Beckenbauer insists ‘everyone is replaceable’ amid Kroos-United rumours

Franz Beckenbauer has issued a warning to Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos not to 'raise the stakes' too high during contract talks with the club.

Franz Beckenbauer has issued a warning to Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos not to ‘raise the stakes’ too high during contract talks with the European champions.

The Germany international, 24, has been the subject of reported interest from Manchester United in recent weeks, with reports suggesting the Reds are willing to offer the 24-year-old a contract worth £250,000-a-week.

Kroos, currently valued at around £30 million, has been on sensational form for Bayern this season but his current deal at the Allianz Arena is set to expire in the summer of 2015.

“He shouldn’t raise the stakes too high,” said Beckenbauer.

“Bayern will make an effort to keep him, but when the demands are too high, a decision will be made.

“There is no player who you have to give everything to keep. Everyone is replaceable.”

Bayern’s director of sport Matthias Sammer has made it quite clear that the club want to retain the services of their star man; however, Kroos continues to be linked with a summer move to Old Trafford.

Speculation regarding his long-term future will surely continue into the months leading up to the highly-anticipated World Cup finals in Brazil.

“We know that he is a very good player and we want to continue with Kroos,” said Sammer. “Everyone at the club sees it that way.”

Kroos has tallied one goal and four assists in 20 Bundesliga appearances for Bayern Munich this term.

Mourinho on Cavani, Ibrahimovic

Chelsea F.C. boss Jose Mourinho has ruled out the possibility of bringing PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic to West London, while adding a move for Edinson Cavani would be ‘difficult.’

It should come as no surprise to see Mouringo publicly discussing his interest in other clubs’ strikers following his public pursuit of Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney last summer.

With Rooney having just put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with United, ‘The Special One’ will have to look elsewhere for a new forward.

Regarding a summer move for Ibra, Mourinho told Canal Plus: “It’s impossible.

“He’s happy in Paris. I know that because we’re friends and we’re in contact. I don’t think PSG, with their economic potential, will ever want to open the door for him. It’s mission impossible.”

As for Cavani, “PSG paid a lot of money for him,” said Mourinho.

“His contract is also incredible. Maybe it’s not impossible like Zlatan, because I think that Zlatan is more important to the structure of the club, but I think that it’s also difficult.”

Chelsea will travel to the Türk Telekom Arena to take on Roberto Mancini’s Galatasaray in midweek, with the Blues are priced at 1/1 to win the first leg of the two-legged Last 16 tie.


Shawn Etemadi



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