United deny Thomas Muller claim

  • Last Updated: August 20 2014, 18:37 BST

​Manchester United have dismissed reports linking them to unsuccessful bids for Thomas Muller and Marco Reus.

Thomas Muller: Opting to stat at Bayern Munich for another five years.
Thomas Muller: Opting to stat at Bayern Munich for another five years.

Bayern Munich striker Muller - one of the stars of his nation's victorious World Cup campaign with five goals - had previously been tipped for a move to Old Trafford to link up with Louis Van Gaal, under whom he made his debut for the German giants in 2009.

The 24-year-old subsequently ended speculation about his future by signing a five-year contract extension.

But when asked whether he knew of United's interest, Muller told Germany's Sport Bild newspaper: "Of course - I was aware I could theoretically earn more with a transfer.

"The sums that were standing by from foreign clubs were already astronomical. I can only say that a change was never really an issue anyway."

Meanwhile Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo claimed in Spanish media that his club pulled out of the running for Reus because they could not match a more lucrative offer that United had already had rejected.

However, United insist rumours of failed moves for the German pair are untrue, with a United spokesman telling Press Association Sport: "It is not true that we made offers for Muller or Reus at any stage."