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Thiago no trouble for Kroos

Bayern Munich playmaker Toni Kroos is not worried by the impending arrival of Thiago Alcantara, despite the two players vying for the same spot.

The Bavarian club are on the verge of completing a €25 million swoop for Thiago from La Liga title-holders Barcelona, as new boss Pep Guardiola looks to further strengthen the reigning German and European champions.

With a wealth of midfield riches at his disposal, Guardiola must find a way to keep Kroos, Javi Martinez, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thomas Mueller, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Luis Gustavo and new boy Mario Goetze happy.

And although he could find his place under threat after the arrival of 22-year-old Thiago, Kroos said the addition of the Spanish international would not create disharmony at Bayern.

“The coach has to find a place for him in the team,” Kroos said on Monday.

“I think he brings us more quality, he’s a good player who can help us.

“I think he fits in our team because of his way of playing football and our coach, therefore good players are always welcome.

“Drama? Well I think when there’s such a team with such players, it already happened last year that some very good players sometimes had to stay on the bench and it will probably be like that again this season, so we will see who it is.”

Kroos said Guardiola is steadily asserting his influence at the Allianz Arena.

“You already begin to understand a little what the new coach wants,” Kroos said.

“A few things have changed and I think we have a relatively long preparation time. Even now we can still improve but that’s completely normal.

“I do think that the training is geared to what he wants, in the handling of defence and offence, and I’m sure if you look closely you can already see some changes.”

Tue 16 July, 2013
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