United's Golden Boot target reveals Chelsea snub

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Former Manchester United target Thomas Muller claims he turned down a move to Chelsea after helping Germany to the World Cup semi-finals in 2010, because he wasn't ready to leave his homeland reports the Daily Mail.

The 22-year-old striker has garnered interest from across Europe after picking up the Golden Boot in South Africa, but rejected the opportunity to leave Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich last summer.

"I wasn't just offered a little after the World Cup – I refused several offers, including one from Chelsea," said Muller.

"It's an honourable club, and it's not something that's offered every day, but I didn't think it was reasonable to make that step at such a young age."


Muller has also been linked with Manchester United in the past, as Sir Alex Ferguson looked to bolster his Old Trafford forward line, but the latest revelations that Chelsea made a firm bid for his services, have highlighted the player's desire to remain in Germany.

"A change would have been ridiculous after only one year playing as a pro, and at my age you have to play," he continued. "Now I see no reason why I should move, I love Bayern."

The offer came when former manager Carlo Ancelotti was at the Stamford Bridge helm, and under the new stewardship of Andre Villas-Boas, it is unclear whether the Blues or Manchester United still retain an interest in Muller.

Either way, it looks as though the talented German, who came through Bayern's esteemed youth academy, is happy plying his trade in the Bundesliga, and is not interested in a move to the Barclays Premier League.

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