Thomas Muller has admitted that he is seeking a meeting with Bayern Munich to clarify his future with the Bavarian giants, alerting Manchester United and other top clubs around the continent.
This is according to reports from The Guardian, who use quotes that the German international gave to magazine Stern in which he appeared to suggest that he wants to know what plans the club hold for him and indeed if he is to become a vital part of the club's first XI.
The latter point is a particularly pertinent one. Although Muller enjoys a lofty reputation throughout European football at both domestic and international level, he is not always an automatic first-choice at the Allianz Arena and sometimes has to make do with a role from the substitute's bench.
“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 years," the 24-year-old said.
“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 [players from the youth academy] are the grassroots of this club.”
While it is not abundantly clear if Muller will receive the assurances he craves from Bayern, one must assume that he may be open to a move away from the Bundesliga champions if he does not receive such promises and sufficient guarantees.
Given his stature and canny knack for scoring hugely important goals at the most pivotal times, there would surely be no shortage of interest in Muller if he were to become available in the future.
Manchester United have been linked with a possible move for the £35 million-rated versatile attacker in recent times, with he and Louis van Gaal - the man who will take the managerial reins at Old Trafford following the Netherlands' exit from this summer's World Cup - believed to share a close working relationship that dates back from the Dutchman's own spell with Bayern.
If Manchester United and Van Gaal could engineer a deal for Muller, he would represent a hugely significant purchase. While Muller's style is such that he can appear largely anonymous throughout long spells of any particular game, he has developed a priceless nous for performing when it truly matters and can play in a variety of positions in the final third.
For now, however, it looks like it is up to Bayern Munich and Pep Guardiola to convince him that he has a vital role to play in the club's future.
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