Thiago Alcantara hopes to spend many more seasons at Bayern Munich, a club that now feels like home to the Spain international.
Thiago Alcantara just returned from a brief injury spell and should be fit for Bayern Munich’s match against Werder Bremen at the weekend. The 27-year-old has become an integral part of this Bavarian side since joining from Barcelona in 2013.
The Spaniard has struggled heavily with injuries during his time at the club, though, meaning it was only in recent seasons that his immense talent began to truly show. There were many reports suggesting Thiago would leave Bayern over the summer, but Niko Kovac saw the midfielder as an important part of his plans at the club.
Thiago has also revealed himself on many occasions that he has no thoughts about leaving Munich. Speaking recently with Goal after his visit to a fan club, he once again confirmed his desire to stay at Bayern beyond this season.
“I’ve matured here, gained important experience and the opportunity to enjoy football more.
“Life is made up of stages and, of course, some more years can be added to this stage.”
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Thiago’s contract runs until 2021, so there isn’t much worry of him leaving the club soon anyway. He was linked with a return to Spain or a move to the Premier League heavily over the summer, however, causing a scare to many Bayern fans.
The Spaniard is committed to stay in Bavaria, though, and hopes to win Europe’s most coveted trophy, the Champions League, with Bayern.
“We did not have luck on our side against Real and Atletico in recent years. But we keep going, we really want that title, even though we know how difficult it will be.”
Bayern Munich have fallen out of the competition in the semifinals or quarterfinals each of the past five years, tasting defeat at the hands of one of Spain’s top clubs each time. Last season, individual mistakes cost Die Roten the tie against eventual winners Real Madrid.
The Bavarians face a tough uphill battle if they want to have a chance at winning the competition this season. Niko Kovac and his men have struggled to impress for much of the season so far.
Nevertheless, they have remained consistent in the Champions League and are poised to top their group, unless they lose to Ajax next week. If they can build some momentum and reinforce their squad over the winter break, then they can begin to discuss the possibility of winning the Champions league again.