‘I’m doing my best to ensure Thiago stays’: Bayern Munich star Alcantara ‘wants to try a new league’, boss Hansi Flick admits amid growing links to a £ 32m move to Liverpool
- Hansi Flick hopes to convince runaway star Thiago to stay in Bayern Munich
- The 29-year-old recently expressed a desire to take on a new challenge
- His desire to leave was also confirmed by Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
- But Flick admitted there are discussions going on to entice Thiago to distance himself
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick admitted he is hopeful of convincing runaway midfielder Thiago Alcantara to stay with the club.
The 29-year-old star recently expressed his desire to leave, as confirmed by CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and is strongly linked with a summer move to Liverpool.
Thiago came off the bench with only three minutes left in Bayern’s 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday, but Flick is adamant that he will try to seduce him to stay put.
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has admitted he hopes to convince Thiago to stay with the club
Flick told reporters about his intentions after Bayern beat Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final
With his contract expiring in 2021, it seems the former Barcelona youth product is desperate to add a new chapter to his rich career.
Liverpool are reportedly trying to make a £ 32 million deal with Jurgen Klopp who is said to be a huge fan of the player.
But after looking at even more silverware over the weekend this season, Flick told reporters, “The point is, I always have hope. I am always very positive about things.
“I also know that if you are at a certain age and you have already played in the Spanish league with Barcelona and in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, you feel the need to experience another big league. That is quite normal and it is also human.
Thiago played just four minutes into cup success for Flick and the Bundesliga giants
Liverpool are trying to make a £ 32 million deal with Jurgen Klopp who is said to be a big fan
“I’m doing my best to make sure Thiago stays here and that you can convince him to stay. But that’s one thing time will show.
“We still have the Champions League ahead of us and we have many plans, including with him.”
Thiago arrived in the Allianz Arena in 2013 and won seven Bundesliga titles with the club. He has played 36 games in all competitions this season, despite struggling with injuries.
However, now that the Spanish international has made his intentions clear, Bayern may be forced to scramble for a potential buyer this summer instead of letting him switch for free a year later.
Thiago joined Bayern in 2013 and won seven Bundesliga titles, among others
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that Thiago had requested to leave at the end of the season
Club head Rummenigge is adamant that the recently crowned Bundesliga champions will receive a refund.
He told Bild, “He’s a great guy on and off the field. We negotiated with him and fulfilled all his wishes.
“But Thiago Alcantara wants to leave. It looks like he wants to do something new at the end of his career.
“We don’t want to lose a player for free next year. I say that very clearly. ‘