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Thomas Müller upbeat on potential Germany recall

Thomas Müller is again the Bundesliga's most creative player and talked up his Germany hopes after also starring in the Champions League.

Muller on potential Germany recall: Everyone can see I'm in good shape!

Thomas Müller believes he has shown himself to be worthy of a Germany recall but says for now he will take it easy as he continues to shine for Bayern Munich. Müller - along with Jérôme Boateng and Mats Hummels - was dropped by Joachim Löw following Germany's disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign. The Bayern forward has not featured for his country since, with Löw standing by his decision. Last month, the Germany coach said that Müller "is a great player, no question - but the future belongs to the young players". Those comments have done little to quell speculation about a potential return for the 31-year-old ahead of the Euros at the end of the season, however.

"Hopefully the tournament will take place next year," Müller told ZDF after Bayern's 4-0 win over Atlético Madrid, in which he assisted the fourth goal for Kingsley Coman. "Everyone can see that I am in good shape. We don't need to say more about it. We'll take it easy and then we'll see what happens."

Record-breaking season

Müller had a key role in Bayern's treble success in 2019-20 with a record-breaking contribution to their latest Bundesliga title triumph. His tally of 21 assists surpassed Kevin De Bruyne's Bundesliga benchmark, while he posted career-high, league-leading figures for chances created (84) and big chances created (31).

Müller has been similarly impressive at the start of the new season, too, topping the charts again for assists (four), chances created (16) and big chances created (six) through four top-flight games. Against Atleti, the first match in Bayern's Champions League defence, Müller played three key passes - second only to two-goal star performer Coman.