Bayern Munich’s Thomas Muller says he’s always felt comfortable with the club amid continued rumours he’ll leave the Bavarian giants.
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Having failed to start in five consecutive club matches for the first time in his career, the 2014 World Cup winner is finally beginning to resemble a substitute rather than a starter. Muller was brought on from the bench in four of the last five games and remained an unused substitute in Bayern’s 7-2 win at Tottenham in the champions league.
His demotion at the club comes just over six months after he lost his place in the germany team.
“Sure. [The Coutinho loan] increased competition for my favourite position, but that’s not the problem,” Muller told kicker on Wednesday. “It’s not about that.”
Only last weekend, Bayern coach Niko Kovac addressed Muller’s current situation at the club.
The Croat told Sky ahead of the 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim: “Thomas Muller is very important, but other players are, too.”
He added that Muller “will certainly get his minutes” when other players are not available.
Muller, a senior figure in the Bayern dressing room, did not take kindly to the statement, rushing past reporters on Saturday.
However, things could now change, with Muller slowly losing his power at the club. He has yet to be backed by the leadership and earlier on Wednesday, Sport Bild reported that he has asked the club for a transfer this winter.
“The media have speculated wildly in the past few days,” Muller told kicker. “I won’t join in. It’s about focusing on sporting things again to make the coming weeks with Bayern Munich successful.
“I will keep at it when it comes to competition for a place, and I’ll continue to give it my all in training and during matches. There’s nothing more to say from side.”