Kroos's Agent Reiterates No Transfer Before 2015
On Tuesday, the Guardian reported that Manchester United is prepared to triple Toni Kroos's wages. While an attractive prospect, his agent Volker Struth reiterated to Bild his camp's stance that Kroos will not transfer until 2015.
"There are no official transfer offers," said Struth. "There is no need to submit an official offer because Kroos will stay at minimum until 2015."
They were words similar to a week ago following a Mirror report that Kroos notified his teammates of his departure. Pep Guardiola addressed the continued rumors around his midfielder, restating the club's desire to keep him.
"It depends on Kroos," said Guardiola. "He can do what he wants; it is his life. But I would like for him to stay." [Abendzeitung]
Kroos may now be alone as the biggest name midfielder on the market. Ilkay Gündogan, recovering from back injury, signed a one-year contract extension on Tuesday, pushing his contract expiration date to 2016. Gündogan was the consolation prize for whoever did not get Kroos, but the Dortmund midfielder pushed his market date back a year.
Rode: "Guardiola behind transfer"
Sebastian Rode revealed the reasons for his transfer to Bayern Munich in an interview to Sport Bild, and the opportunity to work with Guardiola was one of the big ones.
"It was insured clearly to me that the manager stood behind the transfer," said Rode. "There are no guarantees at the end of the day; I need to prove myself in training."
Several clubs were after Rode's signature, but Bayern sporting director Matthias Sammer got the best jump on Rode's agents.
"Sport director Matthias Sammer promptly contacted my agents Branko Panic and Thomas Kroth. I promptly requested my agents not to have negotiations with another clubs. First I wanted to properly fulfill my contract at Eintracht, secondly my wish was Bayern München."
Van Buyten's Agent: No Transfer to Köln
Despite a report from the Kölnische Rundschau that Daniel van Buyten was on his way to 1. FC Köln, van Buyten's agent said Tuesday that a move is not happening, calling the rumor a "belated April fools joke."