Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Muller has revealed that he did indeed consider making the move to Manchester United in 2015.
Muller discussed his past opportunities to leave Bayern with German magazine Kicker, and also spoke of his future plans in football, with his future in the Bundesliga appearing to come under increased scrutiny.
As quoted by talkSPORT, Muller admitted that he seriously considered switching his allegiances to United, who have retained a long-term interest in the German international.
There was a stage when the subject arose two years ago when I considered it. But then the club immediately backed me and I was told I belong here.
Louis van Gaal was evidently keen to bring in the versatile front-man, but Bayern were keen to keep hold one of their then key players amid some serious interest from across the continent.
However, Muller appears to be less valued at the Allianz Arena now, and is not considered as a nailed-on starter by Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti.
When asked about whether leaving Bayern after such a long, emotional stint with the club, Muller replied:
Of course, it’s possible. When my time is up, it’s up. [Bastian] Schweinsteiger was here for over 10 years and now he’s been gone for over two years and another player is here instead.
It will be exactly the same with me. If I drop dead tomorrow, there will be a funeral, yet on Friday, 11 players will still be out on the pitch. That’s life.