Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has cast doubts over his future with the Bundesliga champions ,and will have talks with the club over the summer to outline his role.
24-year-old Muller has become frustrated with his role at the Allianz Arena, having started 25 of Bayern’s Bundesliga games in the defence of their domestic crown and only completing a full 90 minutes on 18 occasions in all competitions under new manager Pep Guardiola.
The German international still managed to net an impressive 25 times in all competitions for Bayern and finished as the side’s second top scorer in the Bundesliga with 13, only trailing Mario Mandzukic’s 18 strikes, but has failed to nail down a position in Guardiola’s team.
Speaking to Stern magazine, the ambitious forward said: "I have reached the point where I want to know if I am an essential component of the Bayern Munich first XI for the new season and if the club has plans for me over the coming year.”
"That's why I will be out to have a meeting.”
"I am not the type of guy that says, 'Alright, I have played a good part and will keep my mouth shut and everyone else is able to do with me whatever he wants'."
"As a Munich-boy your test at Bayern Munich is always a bit tougher, but we (those players graduated from the youth academy) are the grassroots of this club!"
Muller, whose current contract with Bayern runs until 2017, has suffered somewhat due to his own versatility, playing in a number of different roles across the forward line with Mandzukic often the preferred lone frontman.
While the Croatian looks set to leave this summer following a reported bust up with Guardiola, Muller’s chances of a starting berth as the central striker will be hampered by the impending arrival of Polish forward Robert Lewandowski from rivals Borussia Dortmund.
In the wide positions Frank Ribery and Arjen Robben remain the first choice pairing and while neither is getting any younger nor do they show signs of dropping in quality. Ribery contributed 10 goals and 10 assists in 22 league outings whilst Robben managed 11 goals and six assists in his 28 and both remain amongst the most talented and revered wide men in world football.
That leaves Muller on the fringes as auxiliary cover for all three positions and it’s clear that the 24-year-old believes it is time he was made more of a central figure in the Bayern machine.
Muller’s discontent has alerted Manchester United and the forward, who will be a key part of Joachim Low’s Germany squad for the upcoming World Cup has made clear his feelings towards newly instated United manager Louis van Gaal: “It’s no secret that Louis van Gaal and I have a relationship that goes a little beyond the normal relationship between coaches and players.”
Van Gaal gave Muller his chance in the Bayern first team when he was in charge during the 2009-10 season and the youngster repaid his faith with some eye-catching performances, although United are unlikely to be unopposed for his signature should he become available.
Bayern have shown with their handling of Toni Kroos that they will not be backed into a corner by player’s demands. In the case of Kroos it is wages that are the issue and Bayern are holding firm insisting they will not improve their contract offer whilst rejecting the overtures of United and are prepared to let the playmaker leave for free next summer.
That approach is unlikely to be different for Muller, especially with three years remaining on his current deal. Bayern are not notoriously a selling club , meaning any offers forthcoming will have to be too good to convince them to part with such a talented player.
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