After playing a crucial role in Bayern Munich’s UEFA Champions League campaign, Thiago Alcantara was called up for international duty to represent Spain National team in UEFA Nations League’s second season.
Thiago faced his club teammates Leroy Sane and Niklas Sule as he played full 90 minutes for Spain in their opening fixture of the league against Germany FA. The Spaniard delivered a fantastic performance as he completed 94% of his total 104 passes and registered most touches (124) by a player in the match, as per whoscored.
Speaking at the national team’s pre-game presser for the next match against the Ukraine, Bayern’s midfield-maestro responded to the rumors linking him away from the club: “I have not told anyone that I am leaving. Every year you put me in a different club.” Thiago insists his focus remains on Spain’s next game on Sunday, “for me, my future is tomorrow’s game and there is nothing to discuss on this. I neither care nor am I interested. My interest is in tomorrow’s game” (Goal).
Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen has previously expressed his wish to see Thiago rejoin his boyhood club. Back in 2018, the German international urged his club to resign their La Masia graduate (via SportBild): “I would like to have Thiago at Barca. His playing style suits us and from our viewpoint he is an interesting player. If a transfer happened, it would be brilliant both for him and for us.”
In response to Ter Stegen’s comments, Thiago says he feels honored but doesn’t need to answer him: “It is an honor that Marc says my name, because he is an incredible goalkeeper, but he is not the technical director of any team and there is no need to give an answer. I always want to be the best, I wish I could always be. It’s a joy that he says my name, obviously.”
Despite Thiago’s denial, BILD’s Christian Falk retweeted the statement and flexed it in his typical fashion:
Thiago has been widely linked with English Premier League giants Liverpool FC this year. If he does sign for Liverpool, Thiago could bring much-needed creativity and press-resistance to Jurgen Klopp’s side. For now, though, he insists he’s not thinking about his future beyond the next Spain match.