Former Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola very famous to the board when laying out who he wanted to acquire in his first transfer window, “Thiago, or no one.” The board obliged and you know the rest. Thiago has been a mainstay in Bayern’s midfield; equally adept at passing and dribbling as he is at tracking back and breaking up counters. There isn’t much Thiago CAN’T do, except of course, remain healthy. Oh, and dodge transfer rumors that he’s heading back to Spain.
When Thiago extended his contract after the 2016/2017 season, it came as a bit of a surprise, but it shouldn’t have. Thiago has never been anything but an enthusiastic player when on the pitch, and has fully ingratiated himself into the Bavarian community, a feeling which, by all accounts has been reciprocated. But despite all of the smiles during the photo ops and community outreach events, rumors keep persisting about a possible transfer back to Barcelona, the club which saw fit to unceremoniously let him walk all those years ago.
With the recent stories surrounding James’s uncertain future in Munich, Thiago could not have picked a more perfect time to reaffirm his commitment to the club, saying that it is very important to him to see out his contract which runs until 2021, per a report by Bundesliga.com. Thiago will be 30 when his current deal expires.
A lot can happen between now and then, but he certainly didn’t HAVE to say anything about his future. The fact that he did is a great way to show some stability with the roster and put the minds of Bayern’s fans at ease.