After a shock seventh place finish last season, Manchester United looked to get back on top quickly by attracting some of the hottest names in coaching circles and on the transfer market. One of the biggest targets for Manchester United was German midfielder/forward Thomas Müller.
The Bayern Munich player saw his stock rise with an exceptional World Cup, where he became a vital cog in the side that won the title. Since that time many of the players on that squad from Bayern Munich took off for huge money elsewhere, yet Müller has stuck with his original side.
On Wednesday, Müller spoke about rumors of his potential move to Manchester United, admitting that talks did take place and a move ultimately wasn’t in the cards for him.
“I can only say: a change was never really an issue for me anyway,” Müller said, via The Telegraph. “FC Bayern is my club.”
He also indicated that moving to a foreign club would have given him a significant pay raise, but money wasn’t everything for him.
“Yes, I knew I could earn more by moving,” Muller said when asked about United’s bid for him. “The figures that foreign clubs were talking about for me were astronomical.”
Many saw a move to the red side of Manchester a perfect fit, especially with the coach that brought a 19-year-old Müller in to the Bayern first team back in 2009. Yet, clearly the incitement of knowing a potential manager and a lot more money weren’t enough to make him move.
Such is the power of being happy in your situation and playing at a very high level week in and week out. It’s also refreshing to see a player not jump at the first big-money offer they get.