Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac has insisted that Thomas Muller’s situation at the club has been “cleared up” following the German being linked with Liverpool and Manchester United.
Muller, who is yet to score in the Bundesliga this term having made only three top-flight appearances so far, admitted in a previous interview that he may have to consider his future if his game time does not improve.
As such, Liverpool and United were both credited with interest in bringing the 30-year-old to the Premier League, although Kovac’s latest comments appear to have settled any speculation over Muller’s future.
Speaking to reporters, the manager said: “I cannot say who will play at the weekend – as for the statement, it was a mistake of mine.
“I incorrectly articulated my thoughts, but I disproved my own statement with the fact Thomas has been coming [into matches] recently. I spoke with Thomas the next day, everything was cleared up and he understood it the way I meant it, so I made a mistake – it happens to me too, that’s life.
“We talked about it, but no matter which player it is, everyone who doesn’t play is unhappy. I have to make decisions as a coach and I can’t start more than 11 players, I have to find the team I think can win the game.
“For people from the outside, a coach basically does nothing right. I won’t let myself be guided. We have our own ideas and we will implement those.”