Before the match between Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayern Munich kicked off at Borussia Park on Friday evening, everyone was made well aware of the various "celebrities" in the crowd. You had Germany manager Jogi Löw. The legendary Gladbach and Bayern player Jupp Heynckes was in attendance. Then, you also had the manager of Manchester United in the stands.
David Moyes was surely not in the stadium, with a few of his coaches, to watch the best team in the world play. His club has been linked with a few players that would be featuring in the contest so why not take the opportunity to come to a wonderful stadium and watch two of Germany's heavyweights go at it on the field. The two players that United have been most recently linked with are Gladbach's Patrick Herrmann and Bayern's Dante.
However, a report tonight in England's Daily Mail suggests that Moyes had his eyes set on a certain Bayern midfielder. Let's just get to the quote.
David Moyes was escorted into Borussia Mönchengladbach's stadium by Toni Kroos' agent on Friday night after being alerted to a contract stand-off between the Germany midfielder and his Bayern Munich bosses.
But while both are under review at Old Trafford, Kroos has dramatically emerged as a viable target after his representative Sascha Breese, from the Sports Total agency, met Moyes and coaches Phil Neville and Steve Round and sat with them at the game.
We have seen many players sign extensions recently. David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Rafinha, and Franck Ribery have all signed up long term in the last six to eight months, while Kroos and his representatives have been playing hardball.
How do we know that they've been playing hardball? Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has basically told us as much.
"The previous discussion have not led to any extension. It's always about money at each renewal. We have interest in Toni extending his contract."
Every Bayern supporter knows exactly how crucial Kroos has been and will be to the success of this club. While I do believe Bayern will get this deal done, a part of me grows a little more concerned the longer we wait for a positive announcement. Hopefully, this is just a negotiating tactic and nothing more.
The board know the world class midfielder that they have in Toni Kroos, and they're not going to let him walk away without a fight.
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