In a recent interview with The Times, Thomas Muller said that he is “not fixed” on Bayern Munich for the rest of his playing career and that he could very well imagine a move to the Premier League. More specifically, he said that he could see himself follow in in Thiago Alcantara’s footsteps, who left Bayern to join Liverpool last summer.
Speaking to the Football Insider, former Tottenham Hotspur and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson said that Muller’s comments in The Times interview leave the door open for a potential move to Liverpool. His current contract at Bayern runs through June, 2023, and after (by that point) 15 seasons with the reigning Bundesliga champions he might be looking for a new challenge away from where he’s spent virtually his entire playing career.
While Robinson pegged Liverpool to be Muller’s preferred destination, much like Thiago, he also said that he could still see the Raumdeuter go to any club in the Premier League. In what might be slightly slanted with a Premier League bias, he said he feels that there’s a desire amongst top Bundesliga talents to go on and play in England’s top flight. “It (his comments) opens the door on a move to Liverpool or anywhere else in the Premier League. Bayern Munich are fantastic and dominate the German league but the majority of players hold aspirations of playing in the Premier League at some point in their career. Players know that it is the fastest, strongest, best league in the world. It is the toughest league in the world and every player would want to play in the Premier League at some point,” he explained.
There’s no disguising Muller’s form from both this season and most of last season, as he went on to break the Bundesliga’s single season assists record with 21, breaking Kevin De Bruyne’s previously held record. He’s been one of Bayern’s most influentially consistent performers under Hansi Flick, but how man more seasons does he have at that top, peak level? Robinson is wary of Muller going to the Premier League to end his playing career with a “swan song,” saying that he’ll get found out pretty quickly if that’s the case. “Muller has had an unbelievable career and he is a top class player. He could not come here for his swan song though, if you do you will get found out very quickly. Muller would need to be at the peak of his powers,” he warned.
At the rate he’s performing, it’s difficult to see Muller slowing down any time soon. At the same time, it would also be shocking to see him break his contract with Bayern prematurely to leave for Liverpool or the Premier League unless something drastic happens. You’d still be hard pressed to find 31-year-old outfield players performing at the level he is aside from teammate Robert Lewandowski who’s seemingly a physical anomaly at 32 years of age.