According to the latest quotes, Bayern Munich attacker wants to feel the love. If it isn't shown, Manchester United should act fast.
"I have arrived at a point where I want to know before the new season if I'm a key component of the future Bayern Munich first-team and if the club really plans with me in the next few years," Thomas Muller told German journal Stern in a revealing interview published earlier today, Wednesday.
Renowned attacker Muller netted 13 times from 25 Bundesliga starts last season, providing an additional ten assists. His positional variety has been an asset to the team, as he has played all across the midfield line - from flank to flank - as well as high and wide and up top on his own.
It is testament to his adaptability that he is able to excel in each role he is asked to play, yet it appears the forward - valued at £39.60 million by transfermarkt.co.uk - is basically asking; Where is the love?
"I also want to know if I am in the plans of the club for years to come. Therefore, I want to talk with CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. I'm not the type of guy who says, 'Well, I've done well, but now I'll keep my mouth shut again and again so anyone can do to me what he wants'."
Bundesliga expert Jan Aage Fjortoft, who has been following the story, said on Twitter that: "[The] big story in Germany is that Muller will ask Bayern if they want him or not (Stern) and Bild say old friend [Louis] van Gaal wants him [at Manchester United]."
He continued: "Of all the Bayern Munich players, Muller is the most likely guy who can tell his coach: 'Play me (more) or I'm off!'"
Muller was one of several Bayern players previously pursued by United, however, while the chase for players like Toni Kroos and Arjen Robben appeared to be over, now may be an opportune moment for van Gaal to re-enter the mix for Muller.
In the German league alone, Muller was responsible for affecting the scoreline (goals and assists) once every 90.08 minutes he was on the field and his nous for influencing a game could be vital at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal recently intimated that there are numerous players who are angry with him, one of whom is a Bayern man: "There are players who are very angry with me - Franck Ribery, Luca Toni, Hristo Stoichkov and Rivaldo."
Fortunately, Muller is a player he has good relations with - which could be a key factor in any prospective transfer.
Due to United's failings in the transfer market last summer, van Gaal may be under considerable pressure to deliver a big-name player in the upcoming window. They come no bigger than Muller, a 24-year-old with his prime years as a footballer and athlete ahead of him and a three-time Bundesliga winner and Champions League titlist.