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Jürgen Klinsmann knew Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller was bound for stardom

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It was evident early on that Thomas Müller was going to do great things.

Bayern Muenchen v Sporting Lisbon - UEFA Champions League Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jürgen Klinsmann knew Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller was headed in the right direction when the then-youngster impressed Gerd Müller.

“Gerd Müller was my idol as a kid,” said Klinsmann (as captured by The Daily Mail). “Bayern looked after him with a job coaching the under-23s. I’d often walk over to have a chat with him and he told me about Thomas, “an amazing player with the instinct to find room. I invited four of the players to train with the first-team and knew right away I wanted Thomas and Holger Badstuber to stay.”

Fast forward just a few years and Klinsmann can still see how impactful Müller is on the game.

“He is a leader and stop things getting too hectic. I saw it late on against Hungary. He literally told them to relax for a second and just play,” said Klinsmann. “As a personality, he is fun but he is serious about his football. He understands his strengths, and weaknesses, and how to roam and create space for himself. His finishing is amazing because he doesn’t do it with any type of force. He just sees the gaps.”

Though scoreless in the Euros so far, no one more than Müller himself would like to see the veteran find the gaps in England’s defense.