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Rumors Flying Around the Disgruntled; Müller and Martínez Linked with Exits

The vultures of Europe will allegedly try to pry some of Bayern's young players away from them, but Guardiola is sure they will be left hungry

Lennart Preiss

When a club comes so close to tasting a trophy, dissatisfaction is bound to emanate when it eventually gets eliminated.

Bayern Munich had a tough week, their 0-5 aggregate loss to Real Madrid raising philosophical question at the club. Pep Guardiola has had to balance his footballing philosophies with his personnel all season; the union seemed harmonious at time, but recently the marriage between the two has seen better days.

With an aura of negativity in the air, private feelings tend to surface publically. Thursday, Mario Götze voiced a latent dissatisfaction with his role on the team, but he may not be alone.

Kicker reported Friday that Thomas Müller might not be happy at the club, and with Louis van Gaal to take over the Manchester United job, he might be on his way out.

Someone in the club is informed of the discontent of the top-scorer. Müller has a weighted argument to offer: Louis van Gaal wants to bring him to Manchester United when he becomes the manager. And after it will looks. And then, Müller is also interested

Müller has scored 24 goals in all competition in 2013/14, collecting the eighth-most minutes on the team (second amongst non-defenders behind Toni Kroos). His fitness has been crucial when Guardiola has been short-handed, playing in four different positions.

He is under contract until 2017, and Guardiola stated firmly that his budding 24-year-old superstar will remain in Munich in the near future.

"Thomas is a very important player for us here and he stays," Guardiola said in his pre-match press conference.

Javi Martínez, another a player who's time on the pitch has drastically diminished, has Andoni Zubizarreta, the sporting director for Barcelona, hot on his trail. Several sources – including kicker, Mundo Deportivo, and tz-online – has linked the Spanish midfielder/defender to the Catalan club.

Guardiola has uprooted Martínez's entrenched spot in holding midfield under Jupp Heynckes, shifting him deeper in defense. Martínez has dealt with a fair share of injuries as well, missing 75 days throughout the season with groin and injury problems.

With such a deep squad, Guardiola was inevitably going to ruffle some players' feathers. What is lost in his rotation and his tinkering is the fact that he has nonetheless reached the crucial stages of the three treble competitions. When a prosperous couple gives their child an exorbitant amount of toys, the child is bound not to play with some.

"I understand the players. I understand Müller, Martínez, and Götze. They want to play. But I have to decide what is best for the entire team," said Guardiola. "I am positive Müller, Martínez, and Götze will still play here and play well next year."

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