‘He hugged me for five minutes and cried’: Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge lifts lid on emotional farewell with Thiago Alcantara who moved £ 25m to Liverpool this week
- Thiago Alcantara completed a £ 25 million move to Liverpool earlier this week
- The ex-Bayern Munich man is leaving the Bundesliga giants after seven years
- Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Thiago was in tears when he left
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of Bayern Munich, revealed that Thiago Alcantara burst into tears and hugged him when his move to Liverpool was confirmed.
The Spanish midfielder completed a £ 25 million transfer to the Premier League champions earlier this week, after seven successful years for the Bundesliga giants.
Thiago was desperate to leave Bayern this summer with a Premier League on his wish list and Rummenigge revealed that he had an emotional hug with the player when his move was arranged.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, CEO of Bayern Munich, said Thiago cried when he moved to Liverpool
The Spanish midfielder completed the £ 25 million move to Anfield earlier this week
The Bayern chief said: “After the transfer was completed, I saw Thiago waiting for me in the parking lot.
“He hugged me for five minutes, cried, and thanked me for making it possible for him.”
Thiago left Bayern Munich as the Champions League winner after helping the German giants complete a sensational treble under head coach Hansi Flick.
The 29-year-old has also won the last seven Bundesliga titles with Bayern, while also taking home four German cups and the 2013 Club World Cup trophy.
After completing his move, Thiago told the Liverpool official website: ‘I think it’s a great feeling. I have waited a long time for this moment and I am very happy to be here.
Thiago won the treble with Bayern Munich last season, including the Champions League
‘As the years go by, you try to win as much as possible – and when you win, you want to win more. I think this club also describes what I am; I want to achieve all goals, win as many trophies as possible.
‘It too [has] this kind of family [feeling] I need because we [like to] I have a very close relationship with the club and I think I will feel this, I will have this feeling, also with this club. ‘
Thiago played 235 times for Bayern Munich, scoring 31 times in his seven years at the Allianz Arena.
Before moving to Bayern, Thiago came through the ranks in Barcelona, where he won two La Liga titles and the 2011 Champions League title.