Toni Kroos and Bayern Munich have been going tit for tat with each other in the press ever since rumours surfaced in January that he was seeking a move away.
Since then, contract negotiations have stalled and both parties have tried to maintain the upper hand in proceedings. Bayern exerted pressure by saying Kroos shouldn’t overplay his hand and Kroos calmed everything down by insisting he was in no rush to decide his future.
Now, Kroos has been given some more room to negotiate with Bayern about a new deal.
Thiago Alcantara will miss the World Cup after tearing a knee ligament and for the second time this season, will be sidelined with a serious injury. As is the case in football, one injury can invariably lead to others.
Just like Thiago, midfield partner Bastian Schweinsteiger has missed a lot of this season through injury and has been ruled out of their cup final this weekend with a separate injury.
Kroos himself was ruled out for two months in 2013 but this season has only missed a couple of weeks through injury. For Bayern, can they afford to risk alienating Kroos when Schweinsteiger and Thiago are so injury prone? Not really, and that plays into Kroos’ hands in his search for parity as he would be well aware of that.
In that respect, it gives Kroos an advantage in the negotiation process but if Bayern continue to be as uncompromising as they have so far, then it may not make a difference.