Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Mueller has played down suggestions he could join Manchester United despite telling Sport Bild he has a "special relationship" with Louis van Gaal.
Bavaria-born Mueller broke into the Bayern first team as a 19-year-old during Van Gaal's time in charge of the German side and, with the Dutchman now confirmed as United's new boss, there has been speculation the Germany international could move to Old Trafford.
There have been reports in the German press that Mueller, now 24, is frustrated by his lack of first-team opportunities under Pep Guardiola, and both the player and his agent had previously rejected opportunities to dismiss rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League.
However, Mueller told Sport Bild on Wednesday: "It's no secret that Louis van Gaal and I have a special relationship but, as everyone knows, I also have a special relationship with FC Bayern Munich. I am under contract at Bayern until 2017.
"We have just won the domestic Double and now I am looking forward to the World Cup. I have the feeling that I will play an important role at FC Bayern -- and I 100 percent identify with the club and the people around the club. That's a fact."
He added: "I enjoy playing for Bayern -- actually, there is nothing nicer."
Although there now appears little prospect of Mueller moving to United, multiple sources have told ESPN FC that the English club believe they have made significant advancements in their pursuit of Bayern's Toni Kroos.