Forward Thomas Muller has been a driving force behind Bayern Munich's ascension to the pinnacle of European football, but the 24-year-old German national has questions about his future.
According to Thomas Zocher of Sky Sports, Muller has demanded a meeting with Bayern officials in order to discuss his standing with the club.
This comes on the heels of rumors that Muller might consider making a move to Manchester United this summer. Per ESPN.com, that notion was first reported by German tabloid Bild, although Muller later dismissed any intentions to play for the Red Devils.
Despite that, Muller still has plenty of questions regarding how Bayern intend to utilize him moving forward.
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. 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.'
Muller's link to United has everything to do with new manager Louis van Gaal, who was hired in May after the sacking of David Moyes. Van Gaal managed Muller at Bayern from 2009 through 2011, and Muller admitted that he is close with his former coach, per Zocher.
"It's no secret that Louis van Gaal and I have a relationship that goes a little beyond the normal relationship between coaches and players," Muller said.
Despite the possible allure that Manchester United presents, there is no question that Muller has had a ton of success at Bayern. He is coming off a season that saw him net 26 goals and dish out 12 assists, so his spot in the Bavarians' lineup should be secure.
Also, while Bayern fell short in their attempt to capture consecutive Champions League titles, they provide a much better chance of success than Manchester United do at this point. United had their worst EPL season in years during the most recent campaign, and they won't be part of the Champions League next year.
Muller is currently in an ideal situation with a club that will compete for trophies. He also happens to be surrounded with elite talent, which makes life much easier for him.
It is understandable that Muller wants answers about his status like any great player, but it stands to reason that the Bayern brass will do everything in its power to diffuse the situation and ensure that Muller sticks around for a long time to come.
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