Over the summer there were myriad rumors linking Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller with a transfer away from the Bundesliga to Manchester United.
And while the speculation was rather constant, it never actually seemed likely that the German international and World Cup winner would actually leave the club he’s been with for his entire career.
However, as the summer went on, the size of Manchester United’s alleged offer to Bayern Munich for Muller got increasingly bigger. But Muller, while speaking to the German publication Abendzeitung, via Metro, has now both confirmed that there were offers to acquire his services and why he rejected all of them.
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“Yes there were offers,” the long time Manchester United target insisted. “But if you look at the footballing, we are in the top three in Europe with Barcelona and Real Madrid. The English are very powerful financially, but whether they return to the top of European football remains to be seen. From a sporting perspective it was easy to extend here.”
Thomas Muller’s insistence that Bayern Munich are, alongside Barcelona and Real Madrid, the three biggest clubs in the world of soccer is a reminder of just how far Manchester United have fallen.
On Thursday, Manchester United lost to Danish minnows FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, while Bayern Munich, Barcelona, and Real Madrid are each still in contention for the Champions League.
The size of Manchester United’s summer bid for Thomas Muller would allegedly have seen the German star become the most expensive player in the history of the sport. However, Bayern Munich always insisted that Muller wasn’t for sale.
And while Thomas Muller is obviously rather happy with his decision to remain at Bayern Munich instead of joining Manchester United, he previously admitted that he was tempted by the money being offered his way by the Red Devils.
As the Inquisitr reported at the time, back in October, Thomas Muller revealed that the huge amount of money Manchester United were considering splashing on him was very tempting. But, in the end, he quickly realized that he wasn’t ready to leave Bavaria.
“In the end, we should not forget that playing football is our job. So people should accept that wages will always play a role in a player’s decision-making. Of course, the wages that are being paid in the Premier League are very tempting. It would be hypocrisy to deny that.”
Yet, despite the money being thrown his way, Thomas Muller admitted that it wasn’t just wages that were the defining factor in where he plays his soccer.
“You have to look at the complete package to determine whether something is right for you. What’s good for one one day will not necessarily still be good for you the day after,” Muller wisely explained. He has since proven his devotion to Munich by signing a five-year deal with the club, which he put pen to paper on in December.
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Meanwhile, Bayern Munich’s director, Mattias Sammer, has come out and insisted, via the Daily Mail, that the club will never ever sell the German forward, for the simple reason that he is irreplaceable. While it also helps that they actually don’t have any reason to do so too.
The importance of Thomas Muller for Bayern Munich was underlined over the weekend when the striker scored a stunning bicycle kick.
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