Thomas Muller says he will not follow Pep Guardiola to England
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 12/01/16 9:25am
Thomas Muller has no intention of following Pep Guardiola out the exit door at Bayern Munich despite admitting the Premier League “offers a lot at the moment”.
Guardiola revealed his plans last week to leave Bayern at the end of the season to take a job in the Premier League, with Manchester City thought to be his preferred destination.
However, despite Guardiola's impending departure, Muller believes Bayern remain a special club with all the necessary ingredients to remain at the pinnacle of world football.
"The environment [at Bayern], the infrastructure, the history and the culture in recent years are incentives that not every club, or every city, has to offer," Muller said.
"Of course, England offers a lot at the moment, but Bayern does not have to hide."
Manchester United are firm admirers of the 26-year-old German international and did their best to tempt Bayern to part with their prized asset last summer.
But Bayern succeeded in tying the forward down to a new contract in December which will keep him at the Allianz Arena until 2021 and Muller believes that move should end speculation about his future.
"The renewal was a statement by me and the club that we feel comfortable with each other and have huge ambitions," Muller said.
"It is also a small sign that Bayern is not a club you simply leave."
Muller has been in sensational form this season with 14 goals in just 17 league games, already one more than he got from his 32 Bundesliga appearances during the team's last campaign.
However Muller is not content and insists he will judge his season on the titles he helps Bayern to win, rather than any individual statistics.
"Of course I am not satisfied with my own performances and goals, I make no secret of that," he said.
"We want to play a good second half of the season and challenge for titles. Then we will see what's left.
"I want to help the team. I try to be a player who is there for the team, even off the pitch. You always have to find the right mix of being serious and relaxed."