Bayern Munich have announced that Thomas Müller has signed a new deal until 2021 following speculation linking the German international forward with a move to Manchester United. Jerome Boateng and Javi Martínez have also committed their futures to the club until 2021, while former Liverpool star Xabi Alonso has renewed terms with the Bundesliga giants until 2017.
Müller has been linked with a Manchester United move ever since Louis van Gaal took over at Old Trafford in the summer of 2014. The pair enjoyed a strong relationship during their time together at the Allianz.
German newspaper Bild claimed over the summer that the Premier League giants were tabling a €100m (£72.5, $108m) bid to make the 26-year-old forward their marquee signing of the mercato. While other reports linked them to the likes of Neymar and Gareth Bale, United eventually turned their attention to a surprise candidate in Anthony Martial on deadline day.
But Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge later reopened the rumours after warning United against making a new proposal – having previously admitted the Bundesliga giants rejected a huge bid for the forward from an unnamed club.
"I am not a banker. We are a football club. That is why we never even considered selling Thomas Müller," Rummenigge said recently, as quoted by ESPN. "I told my colleagues at Manchester United: 'I cannot close down my email account, but you no longer need to send me anything. It is useless.' He's under contract for another four years. He'll stay – no matter what is offered. There is no price I would even start considering [selling him for]."
Müller also made little to diminish the gossip, admitting that the wages paid paid in the Premier League are very enticing for footballers.
"In the end, we should not forget that playing football is our job," he said during an interview with Die Welt. "So people should accept that wages will always play a role in a player's decision-making. Of course, the wages that are being paid in the Premier League are very tempting. It would be hypocrisy to deny that."