Thomas Muller admits he was hesitant to commit his future to Bayern Munich after falling down the pecking order earlier this season.
Other than the club swaying away from the Bundesliga title race, one of the biggest negative aspects of Niko Kovac’s tenure at Bayern Munich was the downfall of Thomas Muller.
A key cog in the Bayern team over the years, Muller was largely restricted to cameo roles under Kovac. As a result, he constantly saw himself get linked with a move away.
Fortunately for the 30-year-old, Kovac got the ax, and in came Hansi Flick who once again helped him re-establish his place in the lineup. He has enjoyed a remarkable run of form ever since, taking his tally to 7 goals and 18 assists in the league.
It was suggested earlier that he was stalling talks of new contact but ultimately he also signed a deal running though to 2023.
In an interview with the official club media, Muller, who has racked up 525 appearances for the Bundesliga giants, recently explained the reason for his longevity while also shedding light on earlier his situation.
He said: “You need the quality, the attitude, the strength, and you just have to deliver on the pitch. Without all that it’s not possible to play for FC Bayern for as long as I do.
“You simply have to perform. The club signs a player because they hope to achieve their goals with him.
“Ten months ago, the situation was quite different. Who knows if we would have extended my contract to 2023 then.”