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Of course the press will make a big deal of their statements, but neither Müller nor James will be leaving Bayern Munich any time soon.

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Müller: happy to keep winning with Bayern

Thomas Müller gave exclusive interview with Die Welt am Sonntag recently, and one of the nuggets to emerge in the general press (Abendzeitung, Sport Bild) concerns the possibility of playing for a new club. Müller said,

A new task would definitely be interesting and attractive.

Müller cited the platitude that circumstances change, and so anything is possible:

If the situation is different, a lot can happen.

But fear not, Bayern fans, Thomas is not about to leave Bayern Munich for another club. “In principle, it's very hard to get away from Bayern Munich,” Müller joked—a jab at Robert Lewandowski? Be that as it may, Müller is not looking for an alternative to Bayern, where he can win the Bundesliga year after year and content for further titles.

I currently am not at all thinking about doing something else.

James: “Why not” entertain harmless, unrealistic fantasies?

Another transfer non-story concerns Colombian superstar James Rodriguez (Abendzeitung). Since his former coach and patron Carlo Ancelotti has been hired to coach SSC Napoli, soccer reporters everywhere are now free to fire speculation that James might transfer there—ignoring the fact that he was miserable under Ancelotti at Bayern.

James was asked whether he’d like to play in Italy. He replied, “Yeah, why not?” Oh no, James wants to transfer to Napoli? Juventus? SPAL? No, of course not. There is no contact between James or any of those clubs. But James has to duly say, “let’s see what happens in the future.”

As for Ancelotti, James had kind words that betrayed nothing:

Carlo is a coach with a lot of quality. I think that he’ll do very well in Naples.

Ciao, bello.