In a week where many assumed transfers involving big-name players were completed, Bayern's resurgent midfielder threw out his own version of a "not so fast" at a national-team media event.
|Thiago Alcantara.||Photo: Rufus46, CC BY-SA 3.0|
At the press conference preceding Spain’s UEFA Nations League game against Ukraine on Sunday, Bayern’s Thiago Alcantara pricked up a few ears with some unexpected comments. The transfer of Thiago to Liverpool this summer has long been considered a forgone conclusion. Bayern boss Karl-Heinz Rummenige was recently quoted as saying he expects an offer “in the coming days”. Bayern coach Hansi Flick is on record as assuming that Thiago has already made the decision to leave.
The 29-year-old midfielder nevertheless categorically denied this on Saturday. When confronted with a question about his sporting future, the Spanish international was quite adamant.
“I never said that I would leave Bayern,” he remarked. Just as he did in a presser earlier this week, he emphasized that he had no true thoughts beyond his next fixture. The strong refutation of what many had presumed he could not outright deny led German rumor-mill aggregator transfermarkt.de to lower the likelihood of his transfer down to 62 percent after the comments.