Former Manchester United midfielder Markus Neumayr believes Bayern Munich will not sell Thomas Muller for ‘all the money in the world’ following reports that United have made a £69.6m offer for the forward.
Louis van Gaal has also been linked with a swoop for Robert Lewandowski but Neumayr – who narrowly missed out on becoming the first German to play for the senior United team himself – believes that Bayern will not entertain offers for either.
‘Müller and Lewandowski are both players who are capable of playing in England, but I think Bayern will not let them go for all the money in the world,’ Markus exclusively told RetroUnited.com. ‘The transfer from Schweinsteiger has already brought critical press to Guardiola and the fans also seem to blame Guardiola in selling Schweinsteiger. For this reason I think it is impossible to see any other vital player of Bayern Munich leaving for United.’
Markus is good friends with Barcelona star Gerard Pique; the former United defender has often been linked with a move back to Old Trafford but curiously hasn’t at a time when the Reds most need a defender. However, Neumayr believes his friend is happy to stay at the Nou Camp for the rest of his career. ‘Gerard also has said in recent months that he wants to see out his career in Barca, so I think it doesn’t make sense in trying to push him away from his home and native club,’ says Markus.
Neumayr is the current captain of FC Vaduz and the Swiss League is already underway – after establishing themselves in the top flight as a promoted club, Vaduz faced FC Basel in their opener and unfortunately succumbed to defeat.
‘Obviously for us it was a very difficult task to go to the Swiss Champion already in the first game. The penalty we got against us after 10minutes was a big mistake from the referee and that hurt us badly,’ he says. ‘We tried to recover but it was very difficult for us to find the equalizer. Now we concentrate on our next game on Thursday in Tallinn against Nomme Kalju.’
That game is a Europa League qualifier. ‘For us it is very important to concentrate on every single game because one bad performance can cost you the qualification for the next round,’ Markus admits. ‘Therefore we will travel to Tallinn with a 3-1 lead in our back but we will have to give 100% to reach the 3rd round. Then we could face Beer-Sheva from Israel or FC Thun from Switzerland.’
We thank Markus for his time and wish him and FC Vaduz the best on Thursday.