Serge Gnabry believes his struggling Bayern Munich team-mate Thomas Muller deserves more respect amid talk of a possible January exit.
Muller has fallen out of favour at Bayern Munich this season, with Niko Kovac only handing him three starts in the club’s seven Bundesliga games. The coach’s decision comes in light of the impressive performances from the likes of Gnabry and Philippe Coutinho.
The 30-year-old, in fact, has spent the past five matches on the bench as the Bavarians reclaimed top spot in the league. He also recently opened the door towards a potential exit for the first time in his career.
This has led reports to link Muller with Manchester United, who are definitely short of attackers, and Inter Milan.
“Normally I shouldn’t say anything about it,” Gnabry told reporters in a press conference on Friday.
“But when a player has been with one club since his childhood, then a Bayern Munich without Thomas Muller is difficult to imagine.
“It is easy to relate with every player who does not play and who is angry about that. This is normal. You don’t have to make the whole thing bigger than it is.
“Thomas has got his qualities and has won everything. You have to have respect for him and must not ask stupid questions or spread negative news about him.”
Muller has managed one goal and four assists in 10 appearances for Bayern across all competitions this season.
The one-time World Cup Golden Boot winner, who was kicked out of the Germany squad along with Jerome Boateng and Mats Hummels earlier this year, has been with Bayern since the young age of 10.
After graduating from the academy in 2008, Muller has helped the Bavarians win 21 pieces of silverware. These include eight Bundesliga crowns, five DFL-Pokal cups and the Champions League.
The forward, who’s scored a total of 186 goals in 495 appearances, is contracted at Bayern until 2021.