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Thomas Müller speaks about Bayern’s transfers, the German national team, his plans, and more

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Thomas Müller covered a wide range of topics in a recent interview with Sport1.

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Thomas Muller speaking to the media after a pre-season game
Photo by Jamie Squire/International Champions Cup via Getty Images

At the end of Bayern Munich’s recent pre-season tour of the United States, Thomas Müller discussed the upcoming season for Bayern, Jerome Boateng, the German National team, Borrusia Dortmund in an interview with Sport1.

As was to be expected in this interview, Müller was asked whether Dortmund’s intention to compete with Bayern in this year’s edition of the Bundesliga gave him a special incentive:

Definitely. It’s super that we’ll have a competition very probably from the first matchday, and that we’ll be dealing with an opponent who had announced they want to be our opponent. That makes the Bundesliga attractive in advance.

BVB have seriously strengthened themselves in the transfer market for the upcoming season with the signings of Mats Hummels, Julian Brandt, Thorgan Hazard, and Nico Schulz. It thus is no surprise to see senior players like Müller expecting a battle this year.

In addition to Dortmund’s strengthening, one could argue that Bayern have actually lost quality in the team with the departure of Hummels, Frank Ribery, Arjen Robben, and Rafinha, while only three players (Lucas Hernandez, Fiete Arp, and Benjamin Pavard) have come in. The Bavarian boy recognizes the issue and feels that Bayern still require more signings:

It’s obvious that we still have too few players. That’s why the club is searching for new players. That is being explicitly stressed, after all.

Expanding on with the fact that Bayern has lost experienced leaders both in the dressing room and on the pitch, Müller emphasized the need for unity to keep the momentum that carried Bayern through the second half of last season. He said,

We especially want to keep the team solidarity that stood out for us in the Rückrunde, because we get along with each other very well in the gang.

Even though several first-team members have already left the club, there is still speculation that another treble-winner, Jerome Boateng, may be heading out of the Säbener Strasse in the coming weeks and months before September 2. This is what Müller had to say about the World Cup and Champions League-winning centre-back:

Jerome has been training very well so far and is making a fresh and motivated impression. Everything else is in the hands of the club and the player. It’s obvious that Jerome is a high-quality player.

Müller (like Boateng) has been at Bayern for a long time, making his debut over eleven years ago. And although he’s still not even 30, questions have been raised over his future at the Munich club and even his eventual retirement. Müller, however, was quick to shoot down inquiries about whether he is thinking of plans after his career:

In theory, yes, but I have a problem with having to think about the end of my career at the end of my 20s. The fact that careers are ended before they’ve ended is a bit too fast for me in German realms.

This writer agrees with Müller and believes that the German will age better than most in light of the cat that his playing style is not reliant on pace but rather mental attributes, as well as the constant changes to his style throughout his already legendary career.

Many believe Müller deserves a new contract (his current one expires in 2021), and there will surely be discussions between Müller, his representatives, and Hassan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic in the coming months (possibly beginning around Christmas 2019). For now, Müller had this to say on the topic of his contract:

I’m presently still too far away form my time after my career to burn my energy on that now. I’m under contract with FC Bayern for two more years and have not signed a pre-contract until 2030 anywhere.

In the meantime, Germany is making preparations for a run in the 2020 European Championship. Müller declined to reopen the subject of his sudden cutting from the team by Jogi Löw.

I will go into the season by giving it my all and delivering the best performance I can. Whatever noise that generates on the side, we’ll see. But the subject of the national team is closed for the time being. That was also communicated [to me] quite clearly. So it’s pointless to think about it or spark new discussions.

Be that as it may, an exciting season lies ahead for Bayern’s Raumdeuter.