Bayern Munich superstar Thomas Muller has admitted he turned down the chance to join Manchester United in the wake of Premier League interest in his services.
"Yes there were offers," said Muller. "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."
Here is a video displaying why English clubs want Muller:
During the summer, German newspaper Bild (h/t Matt Morlidge of the MailOnline) claimed the Red Devils had bid £60 million in an attempt to lure Muller to Old Trafford, as manager Louis van Gaal looked to strengthen his starting XI in the hope of a successful campaign in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.
However, Muller spurned the opportunity to play for his former Bayern coach at the Theatre of Dreams, and after a torrid season so far for United, it appears he made the right choice.
Instead, the player pledged his future to the Bundesliga champions, signing on until 2021, as announced by the club's official Twitter account:
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#MiaSanMia! Müller, Boateng, Martinez (all 2021) & Alonso (2017) have all extended their contracts at #FCBayern! https://t.co/cKzCE5uYY52015-12-18 11:32:48
United's interest in Muller should be of no surprise after a superb calendar year from the World Cup winner.
The attacker was the third most effective player in the penalty box in German football in 2015, as highlighted by Squawka.com:
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Most Bundesliga goals+assists in 2015: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (36) Robert Lewandowski (28) Thomas Müller (28) Bas Dost (26) Raffael (24)2016-1-7 22:20:15
Despite signing a new deal with Bayern, pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft predicted the rumours linking the player with a move to England would not stop:
Jan Aage Fjortoft @JanAageFjortoft
Thomas Müller has just extended his contract at Bayern till 2021. Will probably still be linked to PL this weekend https://t.co/tzO2hpwuCn2015-12-18 11:01:22
The fortunes of United have crashed under LvG, and the club's failure to land a player in the class of Muller is now manifesting in results.
The Old Trafford giants' recent record is abysmal, winning only nine from their last 27 matches in all competitions, per James Ducker of the Times.
Muller would have given United the class needed up front to progress beyond the group stages of the Champions League and secure a top-four berth that the club craves to remain among Europe's elite.
Stuart Mathieson of the Manchester Evening News has called for the removal of Van Gaal from the United helm after a season of disappointment, and the manager has lost the support of the majority of the faithful in the stands.
If United look elsewhere for leadership next term, they will need to lure top players like Muller as part of the rebuilding package, whatever the price may be.