Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has put to bed rumours of a possible move to Manchester United, pledging his future to his current club.
Throughout the summer, Muller was linked with a big money move to Man United and there were many reports suggesting that Ed Woodward had bids rejected for the striker. It would have been a dream signing for United but Muller has now revealed that he never contemplated leaving the club he has been at for 15 years.
Muller played under Louis van Gaal when the manager was at Bayern and it was clear that the Dutchman wanted a reunion with his former player. It always seemed to be too good to be true and a deal never materialised. Since the transfer window shut, Muller has admitted to the bids received by Bayern and the club’s choice to reject them.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern’s CEO was adamant that the 26-year-old would not be leaving, something Muller appreciated: “That was well said. I had to laugh about that. It was good. The club, as Rummenigge showed, denied [the bid] straight away, so it’s not up for discussion.
“I heard what Rummenigge said and it’s nice for me to hear it. There are never any guarantees in football but I do have a four-year contract and when I go on the pitch and hear fans shout my name, that’s something special.”
Muller moving to Old Trafford would have been the biggest transfer of the summer but it always looked as if it was one of those unrealistic transfers. The German international is a fan favourite at the Allianz Arena and it is difficult to see him leaving.
It seems as if Muller has banished any lingering thoughts that he could still make the move to Manchester but now United can move on from trying to sign the striker and turn their attentions elsewhere.