Muller on Manchester United link: I turned down astronomical money

Thomas Muller has revealed that foreign clubs were prepared to make “astronomical” offers to tempt him away from Bayern Munich this summer, with Manchester United one of the sides most frequently linked with his signature.

The Germany forward became a first-team regular at Bayern under Louis van Gaal’s management and it was reported that the Dutchman hoped to make him one of his first signings as Red Devils boss.

Muller, though, chose to shun the prospect of a greatly improved contract to stay at the Allianz Arena and scored his 100th competitive goal for the reigning Bundesliga champions in the DFB-Pokal at the weekend.

When asked about United’s offer, Muller told Sport Bild: “Of course, I was aware that I could theoretically earn more with a transfer.

“The sums that were standing by from foreign clubs were already astronomical. I can only say: For me, a change was never really an issue anyway. FC Bayern is my club.”

Muller has won three Bundesliga titles and the Champions League as a Bayern player, and played an instrumental role as Germany won the World Cup in Brazil.