Status: 04.12.2023, 07:30 a.m.
By: Florian Schimak
Thomas Müller's contract with FC Bayern has still not been extended. It seems clear in which direction it is going.
Munich – FC Bayern without Thomas Müller? And Thomas Müller not at FC Bayern?
Both are somehow unthinkable – and yet possible. The 34-year-old's contract expires next summer. Talks about an extension have not yet taken place.
|Date of birth:
|September 13, 1989 (age 34)
|FC Bayern Munich
|12 million (Source: transfermarkt.de)
Thomas Müller and his future at FC Bayern: "Let's see what happens"
Manuel Neuer, on the other hand, whose contract would also have expired in 2024, is different. Together with representative and buddy Sven Ulreich, the goalkeepers have recently extended their contract by one year. And Müller?
"Let's see what happens," said the Bavarian recently when asked about his future. Does the veteran even want to stay at Bayern? "For me, it's about when I get my call-up, that I give it everything I can – and perform in the training sessions. So that I'm happy with myself."
Müller himself aspires to play and train at the highest level. Therefore, a move within the Bundesliga would actually not be possible. The Premier League, where Manchester United are said to have expressed interest from time to time, would also not be an adequate address. At most, maybe Italy with the Milan clubs or Juventus. But in the end, FC Bayern is likely to be Müller's only realistic option.
Thomas Müller still has a contract with FC Bayern until 2024. © IMAGO/Ulrik Pedersen
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And the Bavarians? "As a player, he's a legend, he's part of FC Bayern," said sporting director Christoph Freund recently: "But it has to be a good fit for all sides." The first talks are to take place in the coming weeks, possibly before Christmas.
In other words, Bayern are desperate to keep Müller because they know how important he is for the entire club. At the same time, Müller has to assume that he will no longer play the first fiddle in terms of sport. "We have a lot of good attacking players who do a lot of good things – on the pitch and on the training pitch," Müller is aware of his role.
Thomas Müller and FC Bayern: The trend is clear
"We're not at the pony farm. We're not in a petting zoo here. We're at FC Bayern," the Weilheim native continued: "It's about winning games. Everyone has to subordinate themselves and remain greedy." So the trend seems clear: Müller is likely to extend his contract once again until 2025.
Especially since the final of the Champions League will then take place in Munich. 13 years after the drama at the finale at home. "That's a bit of a decoy, no question about it!" assures Müller.
Thomas Müller and a contract until 2025 at FC Bayern? It looks like it
Even for his teammates, it is hard to imagine that Müller will not stay at Säbener Straße. "Thomas belongs to Bayern Munich, we know and appreciate his class," Neuer said during the week: "And I assume that if Thomas talks to Bayern and Bayern talks to Thomas, it will work out." (smk)