Manchester United were linked with a whole host of players in the summer transfer window, Thomas Muller among them.
The Germany international forward is one of the best players in the world and has been at Bayern Munich his entire career.
A hard-working versatile player who scores crucial goals, the 25-year-old’s future at the Bundesliga outfit was reportedly thrown into doubt because of the fierce competition for places.
Muller scored 13 goals and provided 10 assists in 25 league starts last season, while scoring five and creating one in 12 Champions League appearances.
However, given the strength in depth of Pep Guardiola’s Bayern squad, there is no guarantee that Muller will start week in and week out, and there were suggestions that he could be convinced by United to leave the Allianz Arena, especially with Louis van Gaal appointed as the manager of the Manchester outfit.
Muller, though, did not leave Bayern and actually signed a new contract in June, and the 2014 World Cup winner is happy in Munich.
‘I know there was interest, but Man Utd were interested in a lot of players this summer’, he told The Guardian. ‘It never really got anywhere because I had just renewed my contract [until 2019], and Bayern were clear that they saw my future here. The decision for me was an easy one’.
But Muller’s comments on his future do suggest that he could leave – just not anytime soon – as he described the Premier League as an ‘obvious destination’ if he eventually decides to move abroad.
In all fairness, there is no reason for Muller to switch Bayern for United anytime soon. He is playing for one of the three strongest teams in Europe who are once again going to genuinely challenge for the Champions League title.
At 25, Muller has still not reached his best yet. He has won pretty much everything he could have hoped for in his career (except the European Championships) - but if he does decide to leave the Bundesliga for the Premier League, it may not be anytime soon – at which point United may not need his services.