Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has ruled himself out of becoming the new Germany captain, by insisting that he has no enthusiasm for the vacant role.
National manager, Joachim Löw is on the look-out for a new captain, following the retirement of former leader Phillip Lahm, who said an emotional farewell to international football, days after lifting Germany’s fourth World Cup trophy in Rio de Janeiro.
The World Cup wining manager is keen to announce a new captain before Germany kick off their Euro 2016 qualifiers at home to Scotland on 7th September, before travelling to Poland a week later.
New dilemma for Low
It is thought that Mϋller who has already won 56 caps for Germany since making his début in a friendly against Argentina in 2010, is one of only a few players in line to receive the all-important captain’s armband.
However the 24-year-old believes that Bayern club teammates, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Manuel Neuer are not only ahead of him in the queue, but are more suited to the job.
Muller told German newspaper Bild: “I think that there are many candidates for the job ahead of me. Bastian was previously the reserve captain, and in Manuel Neuer we have an experienced goalkeeper, who is already the number one in the world.
“As a result we shouldn't think too much into it. It was normally the case in the past that a very attack-minded individual was named as the captain.”
Armband on on Muller's radar
Although it would seem that the Bavarian born attacking midfielder is at the bottom of the list as far as receiving the captain’s armband is concerned, Mϋller has admitted that he wouldn't improve as a player if the was named as leader.
He went on to say: “I already have confidence. I am not really that keen on the captaincy. I don’t need any honours to have a positive effect on the team.”
Focus turns to Bayern's Bundesliga defence
However, despite showing interest in the impending future of the national side, Mϋller has insisted that he is fully concentrated in getting back to full-fitness at Bayern, with one Bundesliga game already being played.
Although many critics have jumped the gun by insisting that it will take time before Mϋller and the rest of his Germany team-mates find their feet after the excitement of becoming world champions, the 24 year old has stated that he has returned as a stronger player.
He said: “I am definitely stronger on the pitch than four years ago when I returned (from my last World Cup). I the past year or two I have tried in training, as well as in games to have a bigger influence and to give more demands.”
“It is possible that through the World Cup I have gained two or three percent more leadership skills and that’s important.”
Nervy opener at the Allianz Arena
Mϋller played the entire 90 minutes of Bayern’s 2-1 victory against VfL Wolfsburg in their Bundesliga opener on Friday, a game in which the German champions were not only pushed to the brink after the Wolves squandered several chances to force a draw.
As a result the frontman who is playing in his seventh consecutive season at Bayern has insisted that there can be no room for errors ahead of Saturday’s game away against Schalke, a fixture which Mϋller has described a six-pointer.
He said: “We want six points. Unfortunately you can’t get more than three points though. A victory is the nevertheless the plan. Schalke has a good compact team. However in the previous few years we have always managed to play well against Schalke.