Bayern Munich's Thomas Mueller has effectively ruled out a move to Manchester United this summer despite admitting he has a terrific relationship with new Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal.
According to Jamie Jackson of The Guardian, the 24-year-old midfielder is one of Van Gaal's top transfer targets to strengthen United for next season.
Mueller was given his chance in the Bayern first team during the 62-year-old's tenure in Bavaria between 2009 and 2011, and the German international acknowledged that the two have a strong bond, per Stefan Coerts of Goal.com: "It's not a secret that Louis van Gaal and I have a relationship that goes a bit further than a normal trainer-coach relationship."
However, Mueller was quick to express his happiness at playing for Bayern under Pep Guardiola and seemed to rule out any move to join Van Gaal at Old Trafford: "I have a contract with Bayern Munich until the summer of 2017. I really enjoy playing for Bayern. There's not really anything better than this."
Mueller bagged 13 goals and 10 assists in Bayern's victorious Bundesliga campaign this season, per WhoScored.com, and he scored on Saturday to seal the German Cup victory against Borussia Dortmund.
Goal, Bayern! Thomas Muller seals the deal with a breakaway goal on his last legs. 2-0 Bayern. The German Cup is theirs.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) May 17, 2014
It is no surprise that Van Gaal, currently managing the Dutch national side, would be interested in bringing Mueller to United, as Mueller has great experience despite being a very young man.
This summer, he will appear for Germany in his second World Cup. He starred in South Africa in 2010 and won the Golden Boot award, per The Guardian's Daniel Taylor:
Thomas Muller wins Golden Boot for scoring 5 goals. Sneijder and Villa also got 5, but Muller wins because he had 3 assists #worldcup— Daniel Taylor (@DTguardian) July 11, 2010
With Mueller ruling out a move, Van Gaal will be looking elsewhere to strengthen his new side, and he is seemingly focused on another Bayern player.
Toni Kroos has long been linked with a move to United and is now reportedly close to a move to Manchester, per ESPN FC:
The 24-year-old German midfielder, with his ability to control possession and his terrific passing ability, would seemingly be a good fit for United.
Mueller is unlikely to leave Bayern this summer. If Van Gaal is at United for any length of time, though, his relationship with the player could tempt him to Old Trafford in the future.
But if Mueller puts in another starring performance on the world stage in Brazil this summer, the Munich outfit may be loathe to ever let him go.