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Salihamidzic – Muller going nowhere in January

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Bayern Munich director, Hasan Salihamidzic says Thomas Muller will definitely not be leaving the club in January.

There has been a lot of speculation of late about the German’s future in Bavaria.

Muller has found himself more recently as a squad player, being called upon from the bench rather than his usual starting role.

Furthermore, the player has stated he is unhappy and would consider his future if things did not change.

Muller said:

“If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation.”

This has led to speculation surrounding a possible move, in particular to Manchester United.

The Red Devils have shown an interest in the striker since the days of Louis Van Gaal.

However, speaking to Sky Sports,  Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has said the player is going nowhere.

Salihamidzic said:

“We have two long-term injuries and you’re trying to convince us that we’re giving someone up.”

“This is a novel you write all the time.”

“We are not thinking about the players we should give up, but looking to bring the team back to running again and playing stable football.”

He feels that Muller still has a strong bond with the club.

He continued:

“The relationship between Thomas and Bayern is totally intact and will remain an important part of our club.”

Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is a keen admirer of Muller’s, and earlier this week reaffirmed his desire for the player to stay in Bavaria.

While the likes of Philippe Coutinho’s arrival may have created unwanted competition for places in Muller’s opinion, it can only serve to improve Bayern as a team.

It’s hard to see Bayern parting company with some they still consider an asset.

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MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 31: Hasan Salihamidzic (C), new assigned sports director of FC Bayern Muenchen answers journalists’ questions next to FC Bayern Muenchen president Uli Hoeness (R) and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge during a news conference at Saebener Strasse training ground on July 31, 2017 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)