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1 month ago Xavi Hernandez revealed to the public that he decided on leaving Barcelona after making over 700 appearances for the Spanish club. The midfielder was believed to be on his way on joining Qatar but that transfer has stalled and nothing has been done; now Barcelona has given the veteran midfielder the opportunity to return to the squad if he wishes to.
The Sporting Director of Barcelona, Andoni Zubizarreta stated that if Xavi wants to return and play once more with his lifelong club, the opportunity is open.
Barcelona’s Andoni Zubizarreta said: “We’re constantly in conversations with him. Xavi has the right to analyze all his options. At the moment, he’s our player. With Xavi, any news would be good. The time he’s had to think and reflect is something he’s earned, given everything he’s done for Barca. We spoke with him before the World Cup and we’ll do so again when he’s back from his holidays. Then we’ll decide what’s best for him and for Barca.”
Xavi Hernandez currently has a contract with Barcelona which extends for 2 more years and if indeed he does decide to leave Camp Nou, Xavi will be the 3rd player to depart the club after Victor Valdes and Carles Puyol announced their farewell from Barcelona.
During the 2014 World Cup, Xavi made 1 appearance as he represented Spain against Netherlands in the match that saw the Spanish side crumbling down and losing 5-1. His presence has been fading away and Barcelona has already even signed a player who will be playing as his replacement with Ivan Rakitic making his way to Camp Nou. Even if Xavi does remain to stay with Barcelona, it’s doubtful if he will continue playing a central role for his club.
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Real Madrid is increasingly confident that they have won the race for the signature of German international midfielder Toni Kroos.
The Spanish giants have offered a salary upwards of € 5 million per year to leave Bayern Munich, a pay package that the German side is not willing to match.
According to a respected German publication, Bayern have offered the Germany international a salary ranging between € 4 million and € 6 million, before tax. Kroos had been fevesirshly tracked by Manchester United when David Moyes was in charge at the club but incoming manager Louis van Gaal deems his former player unessential for his squad overhaul and this leaves the player with only Real as a logical option for a move.
Toni Kroos has also made contradictory statements regarding his future in recent months. When he was first linked to United, he had mentioned that he belongs to Bayern but the following week, amidst reports of contract talks breaking down, he mentioned that he cannot rule out anything in the future.
Kroos has been demanding an astronomical pay rise that will put him on equal footing with the likes of Philip Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger but Bayern has refused to be held to ransom and with few clubs chasing his signature, things are in their hands.
And having paid a minimal sum to bring the player to the club, they wouldn’t be worried too much about Kroos running down his contract and leaving the club for free next summer.
Real Madrid are looking as an alternative to the ageing Xabi Alonso as a midfield general with Asier Illaramendi failing to live up to his price tag and have turned their attentions to Toni Kroos and have already held several meetings regarding a transfer with the Bayern hierarchy in recent weeks.
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There has been a lot of speculation about the future of midfielder Toni Kroos, who has been linked with a move to Manchester United in the summer. After being brought into the Bayern Munich fraternity by former manager Louis van Gaal, the 24-year-old is thought to be a major transfer target for United. The Premier league outfit are set to appoint van Gaal as their next manager, which will be a major boost towards their ambitions to get Kroos. The Bayern Munich midfielder has been one of best midfielders in Europe over the last few years.
United were also in desperate need of some creativity in the centre of the park. They have already signed Juan Mata from Chelsea for around £ 37 million. They do not seem to have done with strengthening the midfield, as Kroos could be the next player to arrive at Old Trafford. He is out of contract next summer, but former Bayern midfielder Stefen Effenberg says that the player should consider remaining at the Allianz arena. According to him, Kroos is an important stage in his career where a wrong move could spoil the rest of his career.
He says that Kroos will also have the best opportunity to win titles if he stays at Bayern, who have lifted three trophies already this season.
“Put it this way – if you have the opportunity to form a successful era at Bayern, you should think two or three times about what step to make. Every player feels enormously well in Munich and at the end of the season, there are titles. Kroos is a key figure, a transfer shouldn’t be an issue. He is an important and crucial player – for the system and the new philosophy,” said the former midfielder. United are expected to come with a £ 20 million offer for Kroos.
Manchester United just continues on receiving bad news in this season as after being knocked out from the Champions League, they were hit by another blow after being notified that one of David Moyes biggest summer targets, Toni Kroos is not likely to join the Premier League club anytime soon.
Toni Kroos was one of the primary targets that Moyes was expecting to sign in the summer transfer window but according to his agent, Volker Struth things will not go as Moyes wanted it to.
“We are confronted with a variety of rumors for months but at the moment I believe that Toni plays in Bavaria until 2015 at least. Toni has one year more of a contract and Toni will remain there. I hope he can extend his contract and stay with us.” Struth said.
During a recent news conference of Pep Guardiola, the former Barcelona coach revealed that he has plans of placing Toni Kroos into his main squad for the upcoming season, which means that the Spanish tactician will not let him go.
Even the chairman of the German club, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken out concerning the situation of Toni Kroos as he said that the 24 years old player will not be on sale in the summer.
“Toni Kroos will definitely still be playing for us next season. Furthermore, we want him to carry on wearing our shirt beyond 2015.” Rummenigge said.
This means that the chances of Manchester United actually signing Toni Kroos are almost non-existent as the player is still being valued and taken into consideration by his club.
Although David Moyes will be more worried about other things than whether or not signing Toni Kroos is an option as his future as head coach of Manchester United is hanging by a thread.
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