After signing a new contract until 2023, Thomas Müller is set to play out the rest of his footballing career with hometown club Bayern Munich. He could end up as the club's all-time top appearance maker and one of the club's top scorers, but for the Raumdeuter, nothing makes a player more of a legend than trophies.
Müller has been a key part in one of Bayern's most successful periods ever. The record Bundesliga champions have won seven league titles in a row, four DFB Cups and a Champions League title since – all since 2012.
"For me, what's crucial is that we end up being successful. People still talk a lot about the players of the 1970s not because of the many games they played, but because they were so extremely successful," Müller told SportBild. "Of course, our generation with Manu [Neuer], Basti [Schweinsteiger], Philipp [Lahm], Franck [Ribery], Arjen [Robben] and I shaped Bayern from 2010, because we also had an extremely successful period.
"We were the only Bayern team to win the treble, we were in the Champions League final three times and of course, we also had this incredible run with seven championship titles in a row. For me, however, the following applies: this story should not be finished yet and in the end, titles won counts towards a legend’s status."
Whatever happens, Müller will go down as one of Bayern's greatest-ever players. His current 521 appearances for the club seventh in the all-time list, ahead of the likes of Lahm and Schweinsteiger.
The 30-year-old is also one of the Bundesliga's most loved players off the pitch, with his personality making him a fan-favourite far beyond the reaches of the Allianz Arena. But in terms of how Müller wants to be remembered by fans, there's one clear goal in his mind that he wants to add to his illustrious mantlepiece.
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"It would be nice if, after my career, people would say: man, this Müller," explained the Raumdeuter. "Even at the age of 30, he was able to win the Champions League again. That's definitely my goal. After 2013, I want to hold up the big ears [Champions League trophy] in Munich again.
"You don't just want to play and hope that one day it will come back to you, this trophy," Müller explained. "In the past two or three years, things haven't gone so smoothly for us. Now I think it's time that we, as Bayern, should push it a little bit more.
"We want to actively attack the pot and the squad has had enough quality to win the Champions League again for a long time."
And domestically, Müller doesn't want things to be easy. Borussia Dortmund pushed Bayern to the final day last season, the closest that Bayern have been taken to clinching the title in their run of consecutive league triumphs and Müller welcomes any or all obstacles that make come their way.
"We want competition, we want opponents," Müller said. "Nobody should give us the title with a white flag waving, we look forward to the competition. The fact of the matter is, in the end, we want to have won it! It always sounds silly to us when we chase after a team ahead of us in the title race and they then say that they would actually be satisfied with third place."