Manchester United have been dealt a blow with the news that Thomas Muller will not be joining them from Bayern Munich this summer.
That contrasts with earlier suggestions that the German international would be open to a move if Louis van Gaal takes over, as is widely expected.
Speaking to Austrian newspaper Krone in an interview that was later picked up by the Daily Mail, Muller is quoted as saying, “I didn’t make these rumours up myself, so I don’t particularly want to comment on them too much, but I’m definitely not about to jump ship at Bayern.”
But the 24-year-old did go on to suggest the rumours could keep rumbling despite this denial, when he added, “That said, I can’t make any guarantees (that I’ll stay at the club) for all time.”
A lot of question marks currently hang over Old Trafford, with the identity of their new manager not yet known despite many believing it will be van Gaal.
Similarly, so many players have now been linked with United that it is impossible to know what is based on an element of fact and what is pure speculation.
But it seems Muller wanted to put the rumours to bed as soon as possible. And given that he has a contract at the Allianz Arena until the summer of 2017, and that he contributed 25 goals to Pep Guardiola’s side this season, they were never likely to let him go that easily.