While many of his teammates were in Dortmund playing for Germany against Argentina on Wednesday, Thomas Müller addressed the rampant speculation about his discontent at Bayern Munich in an arresting interview with Kicker. Müller confirmed that he is not happy with his recent status as no more than a substitute, but denied tension specifically with the man who has usurped his position, Philippe Coutinho.
Müller has been left out of the starting line up for Bayern’s past five games, playing a mere 66 minutes since his last start, against RB Leipzig, in which he provided an assist to Robert Lewandowski for Bayern’s only goal. Müller said he is “absolutely not” content with his minutes since that game. He said,
I just turned 30 years old, am in top form and hungry for success — with the club, but also personally. I’m firmly convinced that I can help the team with my abilities on the pitch.
Müller, like many fans, was very surprised to find himself on the outside looking in after his performance under head coach Niko Kovac just last season. Müller said he did not see his own benching coming.