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Sports News of Friday, 31 July 2020


Bayern Munich admits Thiago has requested to leave

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Thiago Alcantara has informed them that he wants a new challenge.

According to Rummenigge, Thiago refused a new deal and as such could end up in a new club this summer, provided a deal is agreed.

Liverpool have been touted to land the former Barcelona midfielder after Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was unable to persuade the former player to stay in Germany.

Rummenigge told Germany's Sky Sport: "Actually, the conversations Hasan had with him were always very productive. And at some point it actually seemed that [a deal would be reached]. But then Thiago informed Hasan that he would like to do something new again, and so it is.

"We will have to accept that. We have a contract that is still valid for one year and if he agrees with any club and that club should pay a transfer of a certain amount.

"I don't want to make any public comment about the amount that we have in mind. Then we will deal with it, but we will not, as I have already said, hold a summer sale.

"I'm not angry at all, I like him. I think he's a great footballer, a fine footballer and he's a good character too. And one shouldn't forget either: At 29, he is at an age where, if he wants to do something new, he has to do it now because if you are in your 30s, it will be more difficult to make transfers."

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