Thiago Alcantara breaks his silence on moving to Liverpool as the £25m midfielder says he ‘needs new challenges to develop myself’ in a letter to Bayern Munich with the Reds ready to unveil their new No 6
- Liverpool made a breakthrough in negotiations with Bayern Munich on Thursday
- They will pay a minimum of £20m over four years along with £5m in add-ons
- The Spain midfielder posted the emotional goodbye on his Twitter account
- Thiago has signed a four-year deal with Jurgen Klopp’s Premier League winners
Thiago Alcantara has bid an emotional farewell to Bayern Munich’s fans ahead of his £25million move to Liverpool.
Having been linked with the Spaniard all summer, Liverpool finally made a breakthrough in their negotiations with Bayern on Thursday after they agreed to pay a minimum of £20m over the next four years, along with £5m in add-ons.
The 29-year-old was made available by Bayern after he entered the final year of his contract, and posting on Twitter he told fans of the Bundesliga giants he was moving on ‘in search of new challenges’.
Thiago Alcantara has bid an emotional farewell to Bayern Munich ahead of his Liverpool move
‘Yes, I’ve made the most difficult decision of my sporting career,’ he said.
‘I will close this chapter in this wonderful club, the club where I grew and developed myself as a player during the last seven years.
‘Victories, success, joyful moments and some hard times as well. But what I am most proud of is having arrived in Munich being a young man full of dreams and leaving completely fulfilled and identified with a club, a history, a philosophy, a language and a culture.
‘Here I learnt how to love and respect a tradition that I am now saying goodbye to but which I will never forget.
Liverpool finally made a breakthrough in negotiations to sign the Champions League winner
‘Me and my family have lived amazing moments in the city, at Sabener Strasse, and of course, in our beloved Allianz Arena. With you, my Bayern family who treated me so well and loved me every second.
‘My decision is purely sports related. As a football player, I want and I need new challenges in order to develop myself as I did here.
‘Bayern will always be my home. Thank you, FC Bayern.’
The 29-year-old was made available by Bayern after he entered the final year of his contract
The comments come with Thiago set to wear the No 6 shirt – which he has worn throughout his career – on Merseyside with personal terms also agreed for a move that will put an end to a transfer saga that has been running all summer.
Michael Edwards, Liverpool’s sporting director, had been in discussions with his counterpart at Bayern, Hasan Salihamidzic, and he eventually made a breakthrough, with Liverpool guaranteeing to pay a minimum of £20m over the next four years — the length of contract Thiago will sign.
Should Liverpool win the Premier League or Champions League again before 2024, they will have to pay Bayern another £5m and there are other bonuses should he win any individual honours during his time at Anfield.
But ahead of joining Jurgen Klopp’s side he bid an emotional goodbye to the German side
Liverpool had been fairly quiet in the transfer market before they achieved the breakthrough on Thursday, having only added back-up left-back Kostas Tsimikas to the squad.
But having remained tight-lipped about Thiago throughout the summer and refraining from elaborating upon describing him as an ‘excellent player’, Klopp has landed the dazzling midfielder in his bid to retain the Premier League title.
The move for Thiago does not, however, mean Liverpool will be looking to offload one of their current midfielders such as Gini Wijnaldum, who has nine months remaining on his contract and is wanted by Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman.
Wijnaldum had ‘positive’ discussions with Klopp after returning from international duty last week and while Liverpool would look to command a similar fee from Barcelona as Bayern want from Thiago, the situations are not linked.
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