‘I’m trying my best to make sure Thiago stays’: Bayern Munich star Alcantara ‘wants to try a new league’, admits boss Hansi Flick amid growing links to a £32m move to Liverpool
- Hansi Flick hopes to convince wantaway star Thiago to stay at Bayern Munich
- The 29-year-old has recently expressed his desire to chase a new challenge
- His wish to leave was also confirmed by Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
- But Flick admitted discussions are ongoing to entice Thiago to snub moves away
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick admitted he is hopeful of convincing wantaway midfielder Thiago Alcantara to remain with the club.
The 29-year-old star has recently expressed his desire to leave, which was confirmed by CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and has been strongly linked with a summer move to Liverpool.
Thiago came off the bench with just three minutes remaining in Bayern’s 4-2 win against Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final on Saturday, but Flick is adamant he will attempt to entice him to stay put.
Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick has admitted he hopes to convince Thiago to stay at the club
Flick told reporters of his intentions after Bayern beat Bayer Leverkusen in the DFB-Pokal final
With his contract set to expire in 2021, it appears the former Barcelona youth product is desperate to add another chapter to his rich career.
Liverpool are reportedly attempting to tie up a deal worth £32million with Jurgen Klopp said to be a big fan of the player.
But after watching his side clinch yet more silverware this season at the weekend, Flick told reporters: ‘The thing is, I always have hope. I’m actually always very positive about things.
‘I also know, of course, that when you’re at a certain age and you’ve 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 that is also human.
Thiago featured for just four minutes in the cup success for Flick and the Bundesliga giants
Liverpool are attempting to tie up a deal worth £32m with Jurgen Klopp said to be a big fan
‘I’m trying my best to make sure Thiago stays here and that you can convince him to stay. But that’s one thing that time will show.
‘We still have the Champions League ahead of us now and we have a lot of plans, also together with him.’
Thiago arrived at the Allianz Arena in 2013 and has won seven Bundesliga titles with the club. He has made 36 appearances across all competitions this season despite struggling with injuries.
However, with the Spain international having made his intentions clear, Bayern may now be forced into scrambling for a potential buyer this summer rather than allowing him to leave on a free transfer just a year later.
Thiago arrived at Bayern in 2013 and has won seven Bundesliga titles among other silverware
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed Thiago requested to leave at the end of the season
Club chief Rummenigge is adamant the recently-crowned Bundesliga champions will recoup a fee.
He told Bild: ‘He’s a great guy on and off the pitch. We negotiated with him and met all of his wishes.
‘But Thiago Alcantara wants to leave. It looks like he may want 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.’