Thiago Alcantara has been linked with a move to Liverpool, and Bayern München coach Hansi Flick can see why England is an attractive destination for the midfielder.
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Bayern München coach Hansi Flick says he understands why Thiago Alcantara seems keen on taking on a new challenge, although he would ideally like to keep the Spanish midfield maestro at Allianz Arena.
The former Barcelona player has been linked with a move to Liverpool in particular, and Flick can see why the English Premier League would be an intriguing destination for the 29-year-old, who has just one year left on his deal with Bayern.
"I can understand when a player thinks about a move. Thiago has played for FC Barcelona in Spain and for FC Bayern München in Germany. If he wants to play in the Premier League now, I totally understand. But it would be a pity, because Thiago gives us that certain extra. That's what I'd like to keep him for the next few years as a coach, but that's life. It goes on," Flick said in an interview with Sport1.
Flick then went on to reiterate his hope of holding on to David Alaba, who is also out of contract next year.
"We all know how to deal with the situation, and David still has a year left on his contract. We all want him to sign a new deal, and of course I hope that he will do so," Flick said and added:
"David is very important for me, because we need a very high quality. He has performed really well over the last few months and has become a leader. It's important that we have players, who influence the team and give loud commands on the pitch, just as he does.
"David has done outstandingly well as a left-back in the last 10 years, and now, at 28, he's a centre-back. He has the quality for that: he's very good in the build-up and when we're not in possession as well."