Bayern Munich have moved to end speculation over the futures of two key players after Thomas Muller and Philipp Lahm agreed new contracts with the club.
Muller in particular was being strongly linked with a move to Manchester United this summer and the news suggests that Bayern are working hard to secure the futures of their key players.
The fact that two other Manchester United transfer targets, Toni Kroos and Bastian Schweinsteiger, weren’t included in the same announcement can be viewed as both encouraging and discouraging.
On the one hand it’s encouraging because no announcement in relation to either means there is still a realistic opportunity for United to try and do a deal.
For example, it would now be pointless for the club to try and sign Muller because he’s just made a massive statement that he’s not interested in playing for any other heading into the new season.
It’s also encouraging because the news shows that talks and negotiations can take place over the futures of key players while they’re away at the World Cup.
Kroos and Schweinsteiger are both part of the Germany World Cup squad but are both well represented by third parties, which allows United officials to go after deals if Louis van Gaal wishes.
On the other hand it’s a blow because it shows Pep Guardiola is keen to get his key players tied down on long term deals.
Kroos was a key part of Guardiola’s side over the second half of last season, contradicting the idea he could leave or that he wanted to get away from the Allianz Arena.
Schweinsteiger is thought to harbour the same doubts over his future at Bayern that Muller held. In Muller’s case those doubts have been addressed and there’s every chance the same could happen with Schweinsteiger.
While no announcement has been made about new deals for Kroos and Schweinsteiger, United are well within their rights to go after them but Muller’s renewal in particular is proof that Guardiola and other Bayern officials are very effective salesmen.