- Thomas Muller is unhappy with his reduced role at Bayern Munich this year
- He has started their last five games on the substitutes’ bench
- The 30-year-old German insists he is still ‘fit and hungry for success’
Thomas Muller watches on from the bench during Bayern Munich’s victory over Tottenham
Muller came off the bench again at the weekend as Bayern were beaten by Hoffenheim
Muller has started all of Bayern’s previous five games from the substitutes’ bench
The German has struggled for playing time this season and admits he wants a fresh start
Thomas Muller is unhappy with his reduced role at Bayern Munich and admits he could seek a move to pastures new in January.
The German World Cup winner has become a peripheral member of Niko Kovac’s new-look side this season and has not started a game in nearly a month.
The 30-year-old has become disillusioned by starting as a substitute in the club’s last five games and insists he is still ‘fit and hungry for success’.
‘I’m absolutely not (satisfied with the situation)’, he told Kicker.
‘I am just 30 years old, fit and hungry for success – with the club, but also personally. I am firmly convinced that I can help the team on the pitch.’
‘A coach has to make difficult decisions before each game. However, the trend in the past five games does not make me happy.
‘If the coaching team only sees me in the role of a substitute player in the future, I have to think about it. I’m just too ambitious for that.’
German newspaper Bild reported on Wednesday that the forward is fed up with his role under Kovac, and could seek a move to the Premier League to reignite his career.
Manchester United tried to sign the striker for upwards of £90million back in 2015 when Louis van Gaal was in charge, but a deal could not be agreed.
In 2017, Jurgen Klopp asked about the possibility of bringing Muller to Liverpool, while Arsenal were also interested in signing him that summer.
Bild claim that Muller rejected ‘mega offers’ from the Premier League giants in order to stay at the club he loves, although his relationship with Bayern has now soured.
He has struggled for regular playing time so far this term and has just one goal to his name, against Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.
Muller joined Bayern’s academy in 2000 when he was 11 years old and made his first-team debut in 2008, coming on as a sub in a Bundesliga game against Hamburg.
He has gone on to make 495 appearances, scoring 186 goals and winning 21 trophies including eight Bundesliga titles and the Champions League.