Louis Van Gaal will not have the opportunity to bring Thomas Muller to Manchester United after the Germany international signed a new Bayern Munich contract extension.
The Daily Mail reports that Muller has ended speculation linking him with United by agreeing the new five-year contract. As well as Muller, Pep Guardiola has reached a deal with captain Philipp Lahm that will keep him at the club until 2018 at least.
United had been linked with Muller in the wake of Van Gaal's appointment as United manager. The Dutchman coached Muller at Bayern Munich, and following quotes from Muller that hinted at a departure, United were thought to be considering a move.
The Germany international had said that he does not intend to play second fiddle at the Allianz Arena. But the 25-year-old has received assurances from Bayern officials that he remains a big part of their plans.
"I am very happy to have extended my contract at Bayern until 2019," he told the club's official website.
"There were some very good discussions with the club who made me realise that I am in the right place here. I have the feeling that I am an important part of the club's plans. Bayern Munich has been my club since 2000 and it will remain so in the coming years."
While it's unclear how serious United's interest in Muller was, it still comes as something of a blow - even if it may be overstated in many quarters. United's need for Muller, an attacking midfielder of considerable skill, is not half as pressing as the situation in central midfield and central defence.
The fact remains United must complete their transfer business as early as possible to avoid the same fate as last summer. Manchester City are quietly adding to their title-winning squad with the capture of Fernando from Porto, and doing a brilliant job by staying out of the spotlight when it comes to transfer silly season.
United, in contrast, are being linked with every player under the sun, in a slightly worrying mirror of last season's shambles of a summer window.
Ed Woodward, in contrast to Txiki Begiristain at City, does not give the impression of lucid focus in the transfer market. United seem to have adopted a scatter gun approach, and so far have nothing to show for it.
There is still plenty of time of course, but the World Cup is a complicating factor - especially when your manager-to-be is taking part.
It's by no means panic stations yet, but some good news would be very welcome for United fans. As things currently stand, that could be an announcement regarding Luke Shaw - but the England international is not the game-changing midfielder many feel United still need.
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