Manchester United target Kroos explains substitution strop

The Bayern Munich midfielder says that the angry response that followed Pep Guardiola's withdrawal of him from Wednesday's game against Stuttgart was down to shock
Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos says that he did not expect to be taken off during his side's game against Stuttgart on Wednesday.

With Bayern trailing 1-0, the reported Manchester United target was replaced on the hour mark by Mario Mandzukic, before goals from Claudio Pizarro and Thiago gave the league leaders a 2-1 victory.

Kroos threw off his gloves and ignored his team-mates on the bench when leaving the pitch for Mandzukic and then revealed exactly why he had responded in that manner in a post-match interview.

He told Bild: "I simply did not expect to be substituted. Of course I have to accept that. Plus, I was really angry we were behind."

The Germany international's contract expires in June 2015 and United have been linked after talks stalled over a new deal but Die Roten's CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, is adamant that the club want to keep Kroos and will work on a suitable deal.

"I hope we will reach an agreement with Toni. He is a player that we want to keep in general," said the Bayern chief.

“Now we have to see whether we will manage to get a contract that satisfies Toni and Bayern the same way."