Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos fails to rule out Manchester United move

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With contract talks stalling at Bayern Munich, it seems as though German international Toni Kroos is assessing his options.

The 24-year-old midfielder, who tore Arsenal apart in Bayern’s recent UEFA Champions League win at the Emirates, is out of contract at the end of next season and has been linked with a move to Manchester United for quite some time.

Kroos’ star has risen for club and country over the past few seasons, as his role at Bayern under new manager Pep Guardiola has increased and Munich’s new manager is extremely reluctant to let Kroos leave the reigning European champions.

Speaking to media ahead of Bayern’s last-16 clash with Arsenal at the Allianz Arena on Tuesday, Kroos refused to rule out a move to England.

“No decision has been made. It is no secret the Premier League is a possibility. I will consider everything. If I should leave. I’ve heard that people have written that I might go to England. But there’s nothing new from my point of view. No decision has been made. The situation is that I don’t have any agreement right at the moment at Bayern. On the other side there is no agreement in place anywhere.”

If that isn’t a ‘come and get me’ plea, I don’t know what is.

Kroos is a sensational central midfielder who has all the tools to succeed in the modern game. Quick, tall, strong, able to play across midfield and attack, plus he possesses incredible ability on the ball and can finish superbly when given the chance, Kroos would be an absolute gem for United.

With the Red Devils rebuild needing a focal point and David Moyes continuing to scour Europe for new talent, including several trips to Germany to watch Bundesliga matches, many believe Kroos would be a great fit for United.

Having watched Kroos in person against Arsenal in Bayern’s 2-0 win in February, the German midfielder lashed in a whirling dervish into the top corner to put the Bavarian’s ahead and sprayed the ball around confidently throughout as he dictated Bayern’s tempo.

Kroos wants to feel wanted at Bayern, but with senior officials in Munich stating ‘everyone is replaceable’ as Kroos’ agents play hard ball, it seems as though United could nip in and snatch the talented German midfielder. Watch this space.

And if you had any sense about you, you’d watch Kroos in action against Arsenal this Tuesday. This guy is a real star and the PL would be delighted to welcome him to England.

Podolski goes out with super goal; Germany tops England

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The highlight of Wednesday’s international friendly docket was Lukas Podolski‘s final match for Germany, and the former Arsenal man did not disappoint his crowd.

But first, Canada plays its first match since unveiling new coach Octavio Zambrano.

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Scotland 1-1 Canada

Zambrano saw plenty to like from his new side, as Canada went ahead early with a goal from former Scottish youth Fraser Aird. Toronto-born, the ex-Rangers and current Falkirk man got his first Canadian goal against the team he represented at U-17 and U-19 levels.

Norwich City’s Steven Naismith redirected Tom Cairney‘s shot to make it 1-1 before the break, but Scotland never found its way back into Canada’s net.

Germany 1-0 England

Lukas Podolski scored his 49th international goal in his final cap for Germany, and it was spectacular.

Joe Hart didn’t stand a chance.

The match saw big stops from both ‘keepers, as Hart thwarted Leroy Sane on a second half break after Marc-Andre Ter Stegen defied Dele Alli in the opening 45.

Podolski subbed off in the 84th minute to wild applause, but it must sting slightly to know you finished an illustrious career one goal short of a nice, round 50. We guess he’ll have to rest on his millions and millions of earnings and loads of on-field honors.

Elsewhere
Vietnam 1-1 Chinese Taipei
Philippines 0-0 Malaysia
Cyprus 3-1 Kazakhstan
Yemen 0-1 Palestine
Cambodia 2-3 India

McClean to wear No. 5 in honor of deceased ex-teammate

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James McClean is a colorful personality who doesn’t shy away from strong opinions — he once called Jurgen Klopp “a bit of an idiot” — and the West Brom man is using the big stage of World Cup qualifying to proudly honor a deceased ex-teammate.

McClean has long before friends with Derry City captain Ryan McBride, who shockingly died hours after leading his side to a league win this weekend. Given his age (27), few saw it coming even after McBride admitted to feeling ill after the match.

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McBride and McClean played together at Derry, and the latter was excused from Republic of Ireland training to attend funeral services this week.

He’s still expected to play a role in Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Wales on Friday, and McClean will don the No. 5 of McBride. Irish defender Richard Keogh usually wears the number and agreed to the change.

NASL side to broadcast all its matches on Twitter

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It’s fair to expect the San Francisco Deltas to be trendsetters in tech given their location and pedigree, and the first-year NASL club is doing just that.

The Deltas announced Wednesday that all of their home matches will be broadcast live on Twitter — in English, Spanish, and Portuguese — making them the first North American pro club to broadcast all of their matches on social media.

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Twitter senior executive Josh McFarland had previously named as one of the investors in the Deltas, which makes the announcement even more natural. Other investors include tech execs from around the Silicon Valley.

Zlatan: Guardiola falling out “still drives me”

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Time heals all wounds, but Zlatan Ibrahimovic can still feel the scars from his falling out with Pep Guardiola.

The megawatt personalities saw their relationship deteriorate at Barcelona, with Ibrahimovic loaned to AC Milan one year after scoring 21 goals in 45 matches for Guardiola and the Blaugranas.

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Ibrahimovic never played for Barca again, and now has a chance to stare down Man City’s Guardiola in a Manchester Derby which could alter the Top Four fortunes of both sides. And he’s still powered by Pep.

From The Guardian, quoting a Sky Sports Italia interview:

“The problem wasn’t with me, it was with him, and he never came to terms with it. I don’t know what his problem was with me. It is something that drives me, gives me adrenaline and extra motivation. It is normal after what has happened. I’m using it as a positive, not negative.”

United visits City at the Etihad Stadium on April 27, and Ibrahimovic will be extra motivated (if that’s possible for the Swede, who seemingly would be fired up to beat someone in arcade bubble hockey).