Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller has signed a new deal lasting until 2019, ending speculation of a Summer move to Manchester United. The German international had been seeking talks with club executives after being unsure of his role at the club, and it seems that any potential meeting went well.
The 24 year-old had been heavily linked with a move to United after Louis van Gaal was appointed by the club, but – for now at least – he will be staying at the Bundesliga champions. With the club signing Robert Lewandowski and the plethora of talented attacking midfielders at Pep Guardiola’s disposal, Muller was concerned that he would fall down the pecking order, though an agreement has been reached.
Van Gaal was the man to give Muller his first-team debut, and the relationship that the two sparked led to speculation that he would be top of the United boss’s list. He told the club’s official website,
“Shortly before the start of the World Cup, I’m very happy about extending my contract with FC Bayern until 2019. We held very good talks with the management of the club, which made it clear to me that I’m in the right place here.
“I have the feeling I’m an important component in the club’s plans. FC Bayern Munich has been my club since 2000 and will remain my club in the years to come.”
The new United manager has also been linked with Muller’s Bayern teammates Bastian Schweinsteiger and Arjen Robben ahead of a busy first transfer window for van Gaal. Bayern have also signed an extension with club captain Phillip Lahm, committing his future until 2018.
Thomas Muller is set to appear at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil for Germany, and is expected to have a key role in the tournament after scoring four goals in qualifying.