Thomas Müller has experienced a resurgence since Hansi Flick took over as Bayern Munich coach — again becoming one of Bayern’s most important players and simply one of the best footballer’s on the planet. The Bavarian is so critical to Bayern’s current all conquering team, play style and general image, that it’s simply impossible to imagine him playing his trade elsewhere at current times.
However, recently, Müller in a comprehensive interview with The Times, discussed a variety of topics including how he would be open to a move away from Munich if needed in the future — insisting their would be “no shame” in this. The fan favourite said:
“But I’m not fixed to this club. I have a special relationship, I love Bayern before I started playing for them, but when there is a situation where you have to decide maybe to play for a different club it would be no shame and no problem at all. Maybe like with Thiago [Alcantara, now at Liverpool].”
It seems very unlikely that Müller will leave anytime soon — if anything, it almost seems like he’s destined to be one of football’s last great one club men and looks to have a place at Bayern after retirement (whether as a coach, or in the brass). Furthermore, with Hansi Flick at the helm, it’s impossible to see Müller leaving — the player is so integral to Bayern’s football and acts as Flick’s right hand man on the field.
However, in the very likely possibility Flick leaves before Müller’s playing days are finished, the possibility of an exit increase. We’ve seen some of the football’s top coaches in Niko Kovac, Carlo Ancelotti and Joachim Löw all misuse Müller in recent years — who’s to say Bayern’s next manager will find a place for Müller in their system? As Müller indicated in his interview, there are certain scenarios in which he would be open to leaving his boyhood club.
Personally, I think Müller has the skill-set and capabilities to play at Bayern for years to come, it seems likely the player will complete his current contract at the club until 2023 with a one or two year extension on top of that before retiring.