Bayern Munich’s sporting director Matthias Sammer has told Sport Bild that the club have no intention of letting Thomas Mueller leave amid reports linking the midfielder with Barcelona.
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According to a report in the German sports weekly, Barca’s new president Josep Maria Bartomeu has sanctioned a summer move for Mueller -- but Sammer says the Bundesliga champions do not plan on letting the Bavaria-born midfielder join the Catalan giants any time soon.
“If it is from Spain or England -- whatever speculation there is or will be about Thomas Mueller, or other players, Bayern will bounce them off,” he said.
Moreover, the Bayern chief hopes that the highly-rated Mueller will stay at the club beyond the end of his current contract, which runs until 2017.
“He has a red-and-white heart, and is not only a part of, but moreover, one of the FC Bayern beacons,” Sammer said of the midfielder, who is currently sidelined with a thigh injury. “That’s why we want to continue our path together for a long, long time.”
Mueller had already been linked with the Catalan club in October 2013, when a Spanish agent and media pundit, Francois Galllardo, told Spanish TV show "Punto Pelota" that Mueller and Los Blaugranas representatives met in Barcelona during an international break.
Those reports were soon rubbished by Mueller’s agents, who said that this “is only a rumour”, and made clear that “there is nothing to it.”