Manchester United have suffered a massive blow in their pursuit of signing long-term transfer target Toni Kroos after the midfielder admitted that he would be at Bayern Munich next season.
The 24-year-old has one year left on his contract with the Bundesliga champions and the German international had refused to sign a new deal. United have long been interested in signing Kroos and if reports are to be believed, the Bayern star was set to complete his switch to Old Trafford.
However, Kroos has ended the recent speculation linking him with a move to United after confirming that the Bavarian club had informed him there was no possibility of a transfer in the summer transfer window.
"I would be very surprised [if Bayern let me leave before end of my contract in 2015]. The club was very clear and told me that a transfer in 2014 would not be possible," Kroos told Bild.
"There have been many speculations, but Manchester United was never an issue and is no issue right now."
"I have to accept and respect. But I'm honestly assumed of nothing else after I had the offer of the club rejected earlier this year. I expect to play next year at Bayern. And now I want to concentrate fully on the World Cup," the Bayern midfielder concluded.
The midfielder's comments come just a day after Bayern president Karl Hopfner issued a warning to Kroos that the German outfit would not hand him an improved offer.
Meanwhile, United playmaker Shinji Kagawa has set his sights on winning the 2014 World Cup with Japan. The former Borussia Dortmund player also stressed that he will not use the summer event as a platform to showcase his abilities to the Red Devils' new manager Louis van Gaal.
"I think everyone knows I want to do well at the World Cup, and I'm sure everyone else does, too. But I don't want to get my priorities mixed up here – the important thing is for Japan to win at the World Cup," Kagawa explained.
"I'm not using the World Cup as a place to showcase myself for [van Gaal]. I'll deal with that after this tournament is over."