Carlo Ancelotti will leave Bayern Munich in January for Chinese Super League

'Ancelotti to leave Bayern in January'

'Ancelotti to leave Bayern in January'

Bayern Munich's Thomas Muller has been on Manchester United's radar for quite a while.

Muller has admitted he thought about swapping Munich for Manchester when the his former manager Louis van Gaal came calling.

However, he says it did not take long to commit his future to Bayern - just because of how much they wanted him.

The 27-year-old told German magazine Kicker: "There was a point, two years ago, when this was an issue, when I thought about it".

"For me as a captain, it is important that we play successful football", the Germany goalkeeper said. The Italian coach has utilised Thiago Alcantara as the most advanced midfielder in support of Robert Lewandowski, meaning Muller hasn't had many chances to operate in his best position.

He only notched five Bundesliga goals in 2016-17 and endured a 999-minute league goal drought.

When questioned about a possible move away from his club, he said: "Of course, it's possible".

"I don't think the player's might is that high?"

"I am sorry for what Lewandowski said. It's not the first time he talks bad about our club and I know his agent Barthel is behind his statements".

Muller has spent his entire career at the club and is the only remaining Bavarian in the squad following Philipp Lahm's retirement at the end of last season.

Mueller set up two goals for Germany in their 6-0 rout of Norway last Monday in a World Cup qualifier, but produced another poor display on the wing for Bayern in Saturday's 2-0 league defeat at Hoffenheim.

"Ribery, I gave him a break against Hoffenheim because he was not 100 per cent", Ancelotti added.

Kicker reported that Muller nearly left the club in 2009 but mentor Hermann Gerland intervened to prevent a move to Hoffenheim. The interview was consciously organised around FC Bayern.

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