Date published: Monday 11th September 2017 10:06

Thomas Muller admitted that “there was a stage” when he considered joining Manchester United.

Muller has spent nine years in the Bayern Munich first team, winning 17 trophies and scoring 161 goals in 399 games.

The forward has regularly been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena, and his current position as more of a squad player under Carlo Ancelotti has intensified speculation.

United were close to signing the German international in 2015, and he remains one of four ‘fantasy’ signings for Ed Woodward.

“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,” he told German magazine Kicker.

“I didn’t have to think about it a great deal after Bayern said we are counting on you and that you are an important man for us.”

When asked if he could ever see himself leaving Bayern, 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.

“At the moment, I don’t think it’s going to happen because I am very happy here. However, I’m not saying that somewhere different in the world definitely wouldn’t be my thing either.

“If life takes you somewhere else then I would make myself at home there as well. I would follow the same principle as here, enjoying as many good things as possible every day.”

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