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Kroos tells Moyes: I belong to Bayern

Manchester United transfer target Toni Kroos has declared he "belongs" to Bayern Munich after the clubs played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarterfinal.

Manchester United are said to be keen to sign Toni Kroos, who appears to be edging closer to leaving Bayern.
Manchester United are said to be keen to sign Toni Kroos, who appears to be edging closer to leaving Bayern.

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The 24-year-old's deal with the German champions expires in the summer of 2015 and talks regarding a new contract have stalled. That led to speculation he could be set for a bumper move to the Premier League with Manchester United emerging as one of the interested parties.

Kroos' brother Felix, who plays for Werder Bremen says the family have discussed a potential move to Manchester but Toni has ruled out making any decision until the end of this season.

After Kroos played the full 90 minutes in Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, which saw Bastian Schweinsteiger controversially sent off, he told Munich's TZ newspaper: "I belong to Bayern Munich."

"It is a beautiful stadium," he said of Old Trafford. "But I belong to Bayern Munich and that's good."

Bayern are adamant they want to keep Kroos but chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge admits he is unsure if that will happen. "[Kroos] will certainly play at Bayern next year," he said. "What's beyond that, I don't know."

Schweinsteiger's equaliser gave Bayern the upper hand ahead of next week's second leg in Germany but United gave the Bavarians a sterner test than many were expecting.

Still, Kroos says he is confident the holders will reach the final four: "It was a tough game," he told Bayern's official website. "We dominated the match, but Man United gave their all and they were dangerous. We deserved the 1-1 draw at the end of the day. The result's OK. We've got every chance in the return game."


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