Thomas Müller has found game time hard to come by as of late, and now former Bayern Munich great Lothar Matthäus has spoken on the topic. Matthäus outlined to Bild how valuable Müller is for Bayern and even suggested they keep him around past when his current contract expires. Matthäus said,
Müller is an identification figure for Bayern, but also athletic and incredibly valuable. Letting him leave would be a big loss for all sides. That’s why I also proposed a contract extension for Müller.
Matthäus argues that the failed Leroy Sané transfer and ensuing loan of Philippe Coutinho have made life hard for Müller:
Only after Sané did not work did Bayern go after Countinho. With Sané on the wings, Müller would have been gotten his minutes in the center just as he did in the successful second half of the Double-season [2018/19]. But Coutinho now is blocking this role; Kovac even rearranged his system for the Brazilian. It was one of the most unfortunate transfers conceivable from Müller’s point of view.
The Coutinho transfer certainly made it difficult for Müller to get game time and now there is uncertainty regarding his future at the club. It is still an open question whether the club still views Müller as valuable. A decision on his future seems to be looming ever closer.