Thiago Alcantara breaks silence: ‘Strong statement issued against Liverpool’

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Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has denied telling the Champions League winners that he wants to leave.

The Spain midfielder is understood to be keen on a new challenge after seven years with the German giants.

The 29-year-old was instrumental as Hansi Flick’s men claimed European glory last month, but has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is a big admirer of Thiago, and has been tipped to make a move if they can do a deal at a reasonable price – while it’s been suggested that the player is keen on a move to Anfield.

Bayern boss Flick and CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have both gone on record to claim that Thiago wants to depart, with the latter detailing last month: “Regarding Thiago, it’s known that he told us he wanted to do something new.

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“If a club approaches us that is willing to pay a fair transfer fee, we will work on it.”

That “fair” fee is understood to be in the region of £27million.

Last week Flick declared: “I assume that he will leave us. I think his decision has been made.“

But speaking ahead of Spain’s clash with Ukraine on Saturday, Thiago, when asked about his future, went against what has been said by Bayern’s top brass.

“I have not said at any time that I am leaving,” declared the playmaker on Saturday.

“Every year you put me at a different club.

“For me, my future is tomorrow’s game and there is nothing more to say. I neither care nor am I interested. What interests me is tomorrow”

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“I neither care nor am I interested [about what’s being said about a transfer]. What interests me is tomorrow.”

It comes after Thiago told ZDFon Thursday night: “Bayern is my home and I am happy to be there.”

Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen publicly declared his hope this week that the Spanish giants would move to take Thiago back to Camp Nou – seven years after letting him depart for Bayern.

“It is an honour that Marc says my name, because he is an incredible goalkeeper,” said Thiago, when asked about Ter Stegen’s comments.

“But he is not the technical director of any team and there is no need to give an answer.”

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