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Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac accepts he made a mistake with comments that suggested Thomas Muller would be left on the fringes of the first team. Germany international has made only three starts in the Bundesliga this campaign, failing to score a single goal, as Kovac appears to favour other options in the front-line and out wide.

Ahead of the 2-1 defeat to Hoffenheim, in which Thomas appeared as a substitute, Croatian coach suggested he would only get a chance “when we’re short of options”. Thomas confirmed his frustration with the situation in an interview during the international break, while Muller has since been linked with a move away from Germany.

He said, with transfer talk suggesting that he is back on the radar of Premier League heavyweights Man United and Arsenal: “When I heard about that statement, of course, I was surprised. But I’m not sensitive to such things. I already had a chat with the coach, and for me, everything’s okay now.

“Of course the new signings increased the competition in my best position, but that’s not the problem. That’s not what it’s all about. A coach has to make difficult decisions ahead of every game. But in the recent five games, there has been a trend that doesn’t make me happy.

“If the coaching staff see me as a sub in the future, I will have to think about my situation. I’m too ambitious not to do that.” But Niko claims to have already spoken to German attacker in private to clarify his comments, as Kovac believes he chose his words incorrectly.