Former Bayern Munich and West Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer has stated that the club should do everything that they can to keep hold of Thomas Muller, according to Bild.
Muller, who has been one of the fathers in the re-birth of Bayern Munich in the world of football, is reportedly keen on a move to Manchester United. This comes less than a week after the instrumental Arjen Robben was linked with a summer move to the Premier League outfit, following in the footsteps of club compatriot Toni Kroos who has also been targeted by the new inbound manager, Louis van Gaal.
It has also been reported that Javi Martinez is also keen on a move away from the 2013 Champions League winners, less than two years after joining them from Athletic Bilbao in 2012.
This comes after the Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola alienated and upset a large contingency of the first team who are either being forced to play in less favoured positions, or made to sit on the bench for extended periods of time. It has also been reported that Guardiola is forcing a small number of highly regarded players out of the squad this summer, including the likes of striker’s Mario Mandzukic and Claudio Pizarro.
The news that a large number of the class of 2013 who won everything that there was to win last season are seeking a move away from the club has confused Beckenbauer, with the former Bayern Munich star demanding that the club should do all that they can to keep their crown jewels.
He said: “I agree that you should not keep players who are destined to leave the club, but when Thomas Muller is involved Bayern Munich should fight to keep him unless he has the same plans.”
Muller has been an iconic figure in the creation of the modern day Bayern juggernaut, and has played a huge part in many crucial fixtures including scoring in the 2012 Champions League final, and the demolition of Barcelona during their Champions League winning campaign last year.
The 1990 World Cup winning coach went on to say: “He suits the club. He has long been a lucky charm. The fans identify him as part of the club.”
The German international has been in sparkling form this season, scoring 25 goals in 49 games for Bayern Munich all season, with Muller also featuring in the majority of games played by the club this season.
Beckenbauer, who managed the Munich based outfit for two spells during the 1990’s, has also expressed his confusion at why the 24 is keen on a move away from the club.
He said: “I see no reason why he should not be happy. Muller has been in exceptional form this season. It is clear to say that he is one of Guardiola’s big favourites.”
The Kaiser, who racked up 16 years of experience as a manager, fully understands how hard it can be to keep a player at a club when they have a desire to move to pastures new, and reiterates that the club would have to think long and hard if he was firm about a move.
He said: “Only if he categorically refuses, one would have to find another solution.”
Beckenbauer has also expressed his excitement over the DFB Pokal final in which Bayern Munich will be hoping to defend their crown against their fiercest of rivals, Borussia Dortmund.
However, the 68-year-old has suggested that Jurgen Klopp’s side could cause an upset and leave the Bavarian Giants with only the Bundesliga title to celebrate.
He said: “If you are talking about current form, the chances are 60:40 in the favour of Borussia Dortmund. I am a bit weary if Bayern will be able to deal with the pressure from the Dortmund.”
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