Carlo Ancelotti backed to be Bayern Munich manager by Toni Kroos

Carlo Ancelotti has been backed to be successful as manager of Bayern Munich by Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos amid reports linking the Italian with the Bundesliga giants.

There has been much speculation regarding the next boss at Bayern as current coach Pep Guardiola's contract is due to expire next summer and his future remains uncertain.

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said this week that the club will make a decision on Guardiola's future before the end of the year, and is confident the Catalan could stay.

Ancelotti has been linked with the role at the Allianz Area, with the Italian currently out of work having left Real Madrid at the end of last season.

"Certainly, a world class coach like him would only consider one, maybe two clubs in Germany," Kroos, who worked under Ancelotti at Real, said in Sport Bild.

"He's very international, also speaks English. Why shouldn't he be successful with a top club like Bayern?"

Kroos added: "He would in any case be a very interesting man for the Bundesliga."

Sport Bild also claims Bayern have already contacted Ancelotti through their negotiator Giovanni Branchini, who, in 2012, also made first contact with Guardiola during his sabbatical in New York.