Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has reiterated that striker Thomas Muller will not be leaving the German club.
Muller was linked with a move to Manchester United throughout the summer as Louis van Gaal looked for a marquee signing but a move never materialised.
Reports suggested that Man United had made more than one bid for the striker but they were ultimately unable to prize away Bayern’s most valuable asset.
The rumours persisted throughout the summer but now Rummenigge is aiming to put them all to bed. When asked about a possible transfer for Muller, he said: “Muller will stay at Bayern, regardless of what any club offers. There is no amount that would make us consider an offer.
“[Lionel] Messi belongs to Barcelona, [Wayne] Rooney belongs to Manchester United and Muller belongs to Bayern. It should stay like that.”
It is clear how highly the chairman rates Muller, a player who Sir Alex Ferguson admitted to scouting when he was just 10 years old.
“There might be players out there who have a better technique and who are faster, but there is no second Thomas Muller in this world.
“He is extremely valuable to us. He represents the Mia San Mia feeling at Bayern.”
Muller is Bayern through and through. He has been associated with the club for more than 16 years and has become a cult hero in the process.
United were unable to bring the 26-year-old to Old Trafford and had to settle for the deadline day signing of Anthony Martial. Given the youngster’s start to life in Manchester, however, the failure to acquire Muller might just be a blessing in disguise.