Midfielder Toni Kroos will not leave Bayern Munich, according to manager Pep Guardiola.
The Germany international, 24, has been linked with a move to their Champions League quarter-finals opponents, Manchester United, this summer, but will have to see out the remaining one year of his contract.
“Toni has one year more of a contract and Toni will remain, Guardiola said in his new conference on Monday, after arriving Manchester.
“I hope he can extend his contract and stay with us because he is a very good guy, he loves his game, it is not just a job for him and I would like him to stay.”
Club chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, also echoed the Bavarians’ intent on keeping Kroos, who has scored five times in 37 appearances so far.
Despite the midfielder having already turned down the club’s first offer of a new deal, laying down his own terms, Rummenigge emphasised: “Toni Kroos is sure to play in a Bayern Munich shirt next year as well. Further more we want him to carry on wearing our shirt beyond 2015.”
Reigning European champions Bayern take on struggling Premier League club United at Old Trafford in Tuesday night’s last-8 first leg tie.
Should he not commit to a new contract, Bayern only have two more transfer windows to cash in on him or they end up losing him on a free transfer in 2015.