Prior to Bayern Munich’s match against Schalke on Friday, the transfer that we’ve been waiting on for seemingly months was finally announced. Officially. Bayern and Liverpool confirmed that Thiago Alcantara would be leaving Munich for dreary old England in a transfer that, according to various reports, could fetch Bayern as much as €30 million when all is said and done.
Thiago took to his Instagram account to post a video of him celebrating with the team following the 2020/19 Champions League Final victory against Paris Saint-Germain describing it as “the best possible memory to close this amazing chapter.”
Thiago also wrote a farewell letter to Bayern fans and posted it on his Twitter today.
“Yes, it has been the most difficult decision of my career. I decided to close this chapter in this marvelous Club. The Club where I grew and developed myself as a player during the last 7 years.
Victories, success, joy 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 which I say goodbye now but I will never forget: the Mia San Mia.
Me and my family have lived amazing moments: at the city, at Säbener 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 be always my Heimat. Eternal Thanks You, Bayern!”
(You can watch a highlight video of him reading this letter here.)
We’ll always have this cherished moment when Thiago mistook Santa Claus on the video board as a Bayern player.
Farewell and good luck, Thiago. We will miss you.