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Thiago boost

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Thiago Alcantara wants to leave the club this summer.

The Spanish midfielder has been heavily linked with a switch to Liverpool in recent weeks despite the ECHO’s understanding that the player is not currently an active target.

Thiago is definitely seeking pastures new though, as it has now been confirmed by the Bayern chief that he is looking for a fresh challenge.

Rummenigge told Sky Germany: “In fact, the talks Hasan had with him have always been very productive. And at some point it actually seemed that it was done [a new contract at Bayern].

“But then Thiago informed Hasan that he would like to do something new. We have to accept that.

“We have a contract with Thiago that is still valid for one year and if he reaches an agreement with any club then that club should pay a transfer fee of a certain amount.

“I do not want to make any public comment about the fee that we have in mind. As I have already said, we’ll not have a summer sale at Bayern. There will always have to be a certain amount that will make us sell a player.

“I’m not angry at all, I like him. I think he’s a great footballer and he has a good character too. And you shouldn’t forget either that at 29, he is at an age where, if he wants to do something new, he has to do it now.”

Thiago Alcantara of Bayern Munich (Image: M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images)