Bayern Munich attacker Thomas Müller has hailed teenage teammate Jamal Musiala as an "extraordinary" talent - and says his own relationship with Robert Lewandowski is getting even better.
Musiala has been a revelation for Bayern since becoming the youngest player to feature for the club in the Bundesliga in June 2020, and the 18-year-old is already becoming a key player for Germany too.
Having spent his whole career at the nine-in-a-row German champions, Müller knows how difficult it is to make an impression in Munich. The 31-year-old has been blown away by how Musiala has coped with the demands of top-level football.
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"Already at the age of 18, Jamal has qualities that we can use straight away," Müller told Sport Bild. "At the level that Bayern have to perform at in every game, that's extraordinary. His movement into space is super and he keeps the ball when he's dribbling.
"He's hardworking, willing to learn but also self-confident. The way he deals with everyday life in football allows him to repeatedly go into tight dribbles and decisive situations. He doesn't do that in a foolish or naïve way, but always with an aim - and towards goal - and without fear of failure.
"It's just fun to watch him play football. That of course goes down well with the fans. He'll be an important player for Bayern in the future."
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Musiala has joined an already fearsome Bayern attack that includes both Müller - who has 130 Bundesliga goals and counting - as well as reigning world player of the year Lewandowski. All three players scored in the 5-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Matchday 3 in August.
Müller has had the most assists in the German top flight in each of the past two seasons, and his relationship with Poland captain Lewandowski has been crucial to Bayern's success.
"Over the years we've built up recurring processes and trust - we're a well-practised duo so to speak," he said. "We both know how to score goals in the penalty area. There are no longer too many top attacking players who like to look for a 'classic' aerial battle in the area or who like to get a poacher's goal in the six-yard box.
"An elegant dribbler gets the ball at his feet earlier in the game and doesn't get in these situations often enough at youth level in order to learn how to score in the box: with a flick on or a little change of direction."
The Germany international combined his powers with six-time Bundesliga top goalscorer Lewandowski when the latter player moved from Borussia Dortmund to Bayern in 2014. Their on-pitch relationship took some months to develop but Müller says they now feed off each other's hunger for goals.
"Since we're both at home in the penalty area, we know where the dangerous spaces are," he said. "When you have the ball at your feet you can put yourself in the other's shoes - you know exactly where you would like to receive the ball. We're both reactive players so it just works. The understanding has got closer and closer."