Thomas Muller has said he received offers from other clubs before signing a new deal at Bayern Munich last year, also doubting the Premier League clubs’ chances to compete in Europe.
The 26-year-old was one of four players to sign a new contract with the Bundesliga giants just a couple of days before the club announced that coach Pep Guardiola would be leaving during the summer.
Manchester United have been great admirers of the striker and tried to lure him away from Bayern last summer, when the Red Devils were reportedly ready to pay more than €100 million (£77.5 million) for him.
“Yes, there were offers. But looking at the footballing side, we are in the top three in Europe alongside Barcelona and Madrid,” Muller said in an exclusive interview with German news outlet Abendzeitung.
The Germany international has provided 15 goals and seven assists during the current Bundesliga season, also scoring five goals in the Champions League and two in the German cup.
Muller came through the youth ranks at Bayern and has played against Premier League clubs in the Champions League. But even if they offered huge money, he would not leave his home country.
“England might have the money, but we’ll see if they will return to the top of Europe because of that. It was easy to prolong my contract here from a sporting point of view,” Muller added.
Bayern are set to face Juventus in the Champions League round of 16 next Tuesday.