A day after it was suddenly announced that German national coach Jogi Löw had officially dropped Thomas Müller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels from the national team at a surprise visit to Munich, Müller posted a statement in response on social media attacking the coach and the German soccer federation (the DFB) for the way in which their orchestrated decision was made.
Müller’s statement on Twitter, with the simple commentary “my opinion” (Meine Meinung) is as follows:
In translation, the statement reads:
Hi people, I slept on it a night and let the events sink in. I was of course also bewildered yesterday by the sudden decision of the national coach. Yeah. The national coach has to make sporting decisions. Absolutely. I don’t call that into question at all. However, the longer I think about it, yeah, the way that it all went down simply makes me mad. I have no understanding whatsoever for the suggested finality of the decision. Mats, Jerome, and I are still capable of playing soccer on the highest level. We have gone a long, intensive, and mostly successful way with the DFB in the past years; and when then, shortly after we learned about the decision of the national coach, pre-prepared statements are published for the press on the pages of the DFB and the president of the DFB, then that is simply in my view not good style and has absolutely nothing to do with appreciation (Wertschätzung).
And now to you, dear fans: I was always proud to wear the jersey of the DFB. I always gave my all. I want to thank you for your massive support. It was an incredible journey — with my 100 international caps and many fantastic shared experiences. People who know me know that I’m a fighter. I’ll look forward. We’re in a really hot phase of the season with FC Bayern where we’re playing for all three titles. Yeah. And to that end, I’d like to say to you, the game is not over yet!
Update: If you want to read Müller’s statement in German, SportBild has now published a transcription.