German tabloid Bild has revealed Hermann Gerland, Bayern Munich assistant boss, is the most important person to first team star Thomas Muller.
Manchester United were thought to be hot on the hunt of Muller before the World Cup, with Louis van Gaal seemingly using his tactics at the German giants to try and do a deal for the midfielder.
However, he signed on the dotted line of a new contract with Bayern and Gerland is likely to have played a big role in getting Muller to commit himself to the club until at least 2019 unless he’s sold.
“Klinsmann, van Gaal, Heynckes and Guardiola – World Cup hero Thomas Muller has played under four major Bayern coaches but his most important person is assistant coach Hermann Gerland,” reports Bild.
Bild goes onto state that it was Gerland who stopped Muller from leaving Bayern Munich in 2009 when German rivals Hoffenheim came sniffing around the raw young German talent.
Therefore it’s reasonable to suggest that if Muller was even half entertaining the idea of a possible move to England, Gerland is the sort of figure he would have consulted and the sort of figure who could put him off of a Premier League switch.
It was certainly a good decision as far as Bayern Munich are concerned because Muller is proving to be effective in all forms of football for both club and country.
He scored 18 goals and produced 11 assists for Bayern in the Bundesliga and Champions League last season and has backed that up with four goals and two assists so far at the World Cup with Germany.
If United’s interest in Muller was accurate then LvG has to be praised for reacting quickly to missing out on the German, signing Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao with further signings likely to follow.
However, whether those signings come from Bayern is doubtful considering the apparent influence Gerland has over the team's key players.