I can't imagine Bayern without Muller - Hoeness
Life was not always easy for Thomas Muller under Carlo Ancelotti, but Uli Hoeness says Bayern Munich would not be the same without him.
Thomas Muller epitomisesÂ the "mia san mia" cultureÂ at Bayern Munich and it is hard to imagine the club without the forward, says president Uli Hoeness.
Germany international Muller enduredÂ a difficult time under the recently-sackedÂ Carlo Ancelotti, stating earlier this season:Â "I don't know exactly what qualities the coach wants to see".
Muller's struggles to fit intoÂ Ancelotti's system wereÂ demonstratedÂ by the fact he scored just five Bundesliga goals last term and has onlyÂ one to his name this season.
There was even speculation Muller might consider his future at the Allianz Arena, but the departure of Ancelotti and consequent return of Jupp Heynckes â€“ under who he won the treble â€“ has seemingly ended any notion of that possibility.
And Hoeness talked up Muller's importance, claiming he identifies clearly with the club's 'mia san mia' slogan, which translates as 'we are whoÂ we are'.
He told TZ: "I cannot imagine Bayern without Thomas.
"He is part of the mia san mia feeling. You need people like him."
Bayern host Freiburg on Saturday afternoon.