Pep Guardiola is planning to hold showdown talks with Toni Kroos in a bid to prevent the German midfielder joining Manchester United in the summer, according to the Daily Star.

24-year-old Kroos is out of contract at the end of next season, and has admitted he is open to a switch to the Premier League.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with a move for the German international, but Guardiola is holding talks in which he hopes he will persuade him to stay.

“I said to him you have time to become an even better player,” Guardiola said.

“I hope he maintains this level of form – and for the next few seasons at this club. 

“Toni is a young player, a great talent. He has time to improve, to gain better his skills.

“I spoke with him and said you have time to become a better player.

“He was very important in my first year here, in the first part of the season when [Mario] Gotze , [Javi] Martínez and Thiago [Alcantara] were injured, so we had few midfielders.

“Kroos, with his huge personality, was very important.”

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