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United target Kroos could leave Bayern, hints Guardiola

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Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola has suggested that Toni Kroos could yet leave the club, amid reported interest from Manchester United.

Kroos, 24, is under contract until 2015 but has so far not reached an agreement on an extension despite negotiations in recent weeks.

He played an important role under Jupp Heynckes last season as Bayern won the Treble of Champions League, Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal, and has been one of the few true regulars under new coach Guardiola. He has featured in all but one of the club's competitive games this season.

"He is an important player," Guardiola said ahead of Bayern's game at Stuttgart. "But it can go fast in football. Here today, there tomorrow."

Kroos has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford, following David Moyes' visit to Borussia Park on Friday to watch Bayern's 2-0 win against Moenchengladbach.

The United manager was spotted at the match with Sascha Breese, who is the man responsible for "international contacts" at Sports Total, Kroos' agents.

Volker Struth, Kroos' main agent, is reported to have told kicker that the current contract offer on the table is unacceptable and no further negotiations are currently scheduled. It means Bayern could choose to cash in now before the player moves into the final year of his agreement.

"I can't rule out anything," Kroos told kicker when questioned if he could go into the World Cup without prolonging his Bayern deal. "No talks are planned in the near future. I am fully focused on the Rueckrunde [second part of the Bundesliga season] now."

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