Thomas Müller, the man practically synonymous with modern Bayern Munich, is at a turning point in his career. At 30 years old, he’s having his statistically best season ever, but he has yet to be offered a contract extension by the club. While rumors of possible discontent pile up behind the scenes, and the Bayern bosses eye the youthful Kai Havertz as a potential replacement, could der Raumdeuter’s days be numbered?

Probably not, if Hansi Flick can help it. Speaking to Sport Bild, the Bayern coach touched on a number of topics regarding his club. Müller’s situation naturally came up.

Q: Is it hard to imagine going forward at Bayern without Muller?

A: Those are things that Thomas and the club also have to decide. But in principle about Thomas: He came from the youth academy here. Thomas has reached a certain age in which he won’t play forever anymore.

Thomas is a native son of Bayern and one of the faces of the club. I think that such a player has earned a certain amount of gratitude.