Amid rumors linking midfielder Toni Kroos to Manchester United, Bayern Munich head coach Pep Guardiola says he wants to keep the player at the Bundesliga outfit.
Kroos, who has made 45 appearances for Bayern this season, has been a pivotal player in his side’s success in winning the Bundesliga title and reaching the semifinals of the Champions League and DFB-Pokal this season. Guardiola is determined to hold onto the 24-year-old.
“I want Toni to stay. Kalle [Rummenigge] and Matthias [Sammer] want him to stay as well,” Guardiola told reporters. “He is a superb player and can decide for himself. We want him to stay."
Guardiola also accepted criticism following his side’s 3-0 defeat to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, however he has brushed it off, insisting that he faced similar pressure at other clubs.
“It's the same at all big clubs. You can't imagine what it was like at Barcelona when we didn't win. It's the same at Milan, Real Madrid, too," the manager said. “It didn't surprise me. I knew at my first press conference at the Allianz Arena that winning was the only option. I'm just here to help the players. I can't always win - sorry, I'm not God."
The manager did say aspects of the defeat were eye-opening.
"Losing against Dortmund made me realize how important the league is and how important games against are. I realized how painful the defeat was for the fans," Guardiola said. "When we are dominant, we play well and have a good structure. The opponent finds it difficult to counter, especially as I have very good defenders in my team.
"However, we have conceded too many goals lately and we must return as soon as possible to our usual game. Myself and the players know that we will not reach a final if we play like we have in the last three games."