Germany midfielder Thomas Muller believes that the decision to sign a new contract extension at Bayern Munich has and will have a positive impact on his performances at the World Cup.
It was speculated for the vast majority of last season that the Bavarian born footballer was unhappy at his boyhood club after falling out with manager, Pep Guardiola.
The 24-year-old, whose performances gifted Bayern Munich a historic treble in the 2012-13 campaign was less than happy having been left out by Guardiola in key fixtures last season, most notably the club’s Champions League semi-final first leg at Real Madrid in May.
It is also understood that Muller had criticised the Spaniard for showing a lack of respect in regards to the midfielder’s plea to revert to old match tactics, popular under the management of former coach Jupp Heycknes.
After saying to reporters that he was “less than happy at the club,” and was uncertain what the future had in stock for him, a number of clubs including the likes of Manchester United and Barcelona were put on red alert.
However, after playing his part in securing Bayern Munich both the Bundesliga and DFB Pokal titles it seems that his apparent anger expressed at Guardiola has cooled, prompting the 24--year-old to sign a contract extension at the Allianz Arena outfit until 2019.
Less than two weeks after agreeing to sign a new contract at the 24-times Bundesliga champions, Muller played a pivotal role in Germany’s first group game of the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Weilheim born professional opened his account for the World Cup as he netted three out of the four goals scored by Germany as they thrashed Portugal 4-0.
Muller, who amongst Holland’s Wesley Sneijder, Spain’s David Villa and Uruguay’s Diego Forlan won the Golden Boot four years earlier in South Africa believes that the decision to sign a new contract has left him stress-free ahead of the tournament.
He said: “My contract extension has given me a positive feeling ahead of this World Cup. I am now able to play with a cool and free head.”
Despite showing his relief in determining his future ahead of the tournament in which Germany hope to win their fourth World Cup title, Muller feels that he would have started just as successfully if he hadn’t come to a conclusion with Bayern.
He said: “I am the type of person who would have been able to go into the World Cup when everything wasn’t 100% right. However it was the right decision for both parties.”
Germany next face Ghana in Fortaleza tomorrow before finishing their Group G fixtures with a match against Jurgen Klinsmann’s USA in Recife on 26th June.
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