Jerome Boateng in contract talks with Bayern Munich; Toni Kroos has yet to discuss anything

Alex Grimm

Jerome Boateng revealed that he's in contract talks with Bayern Munich. Toni Kroos? Not so much.

Well, I was under the impression that Bayern Munich were holding off on contract negotiations for a while to give Pep Guardiola time to fully evaluate the players and determine if the players will fit his system moving forward. That's kind of a normal thing that I would expect any new coach to want to do.

The summer of 2015 will see Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Arjen Robben and David Alaba's contract up for renewal. I feel that of the four, Robben is the only one that I wouldn't approach with "What will it take to get you to sign a contract extension?" While re-signing Robben would be great, he'll be 31 in the summer of 2015 and will be more of a luxury player for the club at that point.

Then comes today where we get two different stories from Boateng and Kroos on the state of their contract extension discussions.

Boateng, when asked about his contract negotiations:

"We are currently in talks."

Kroos, when asked about his contract negotiations:

"It has not even been discussed."

While it seems a little contradictory that Bayern would be looking to move forward and extend Boateng's contract already, it makes sense when you sit back and think about it. Boateng improved dramatically from his first season to his second, and he really came into his own next to Dante after Holger Badstuber went down with his injury. With Badstuber still out, Daniel Van Buyten old, and Jan Kirchhoff not fully integrated into the team's defensive set up yet, Boateng will take on an even more important role during the 2013-14 season.

However, there is absolutely zero reason to panic over Kroos' statement today. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that they would be holding off on discussing extensions until Pep had the opportunity to fully evaluate the players. I expect that we'll be back here at some point over the next several months to discuss the contract extension that Kroos was signing.

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