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Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos hints at English Premier League future

Berlin: Germany midfielder Toni Kroos has hinted at a future in England’s Premier League as his contract extension talks continue to stall at Bayern Munich, ahead of Tuesday’s clash with Arsenal.

Bayern host the Gunners in the Champions League’s last 16, second-leg clash at Munich’s Allianz Arena holding a 2-0 lead following their Emirates Stadium victory three weeks ago.

Kroos, 24, has a Bayern contract until June 2015, but extension talks have faltered amid reports he wants to boost his salary to become one of the European champions’ top earners.

“There is nothing much new and there is still no decision,” said Kroos, who scored Bayern’s first goal in last month’s first-leg clash.

“Things will remain that way for a while, but it’s no secret that the Premier League is not a bad league to play in.”

Last month, British media reports claimed Manchester United are prepared to offer him £250,000 (Dh1.5 million) per week.

The Germany international currently earns a reported €4 million (Dh20.3 million) per year at Bayern.

“I’m the sort of person for whom everything is possible,” Kroos added.

“The fact that I’ll eventually need to give it some thought is also clear.

“Then I’ll have to make a decision and weigh everything up.”

Bayern’s director of sport Matthias Sammer has said they want to keep Kroos, but Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has warned the midfielder not to play poker with the Bavarian giants.

“He shouldn’t raise the stakes too high. There is no player who you have to give everything to keep,” Beckenbauer told German Sky.

“Everyone is replaceable.”

Meanwhile, Kroos’ fellow Bayern Munich and Germany international Philipp Lahm on Tuesday presented a cheque for €100,000 on behalf of Uefa to the International Committee of the Red Cross.

“The donation traditionally supports the Red Cross’s physical rehabilitation programme for landmine victims and other persons with disabilities in Afghanistan,” European football’s governing body said in a statement.

Lahm, who received the most votes of any player in a UEFA.com users’ Team of the Year poll in 2013, presented the cheque in Munich before the Champions League last-16, second-leg tie against Arsenal on Tuesday.