Rummenigge confirms Thiago will leave Bayern: ‘We have to accept that’

Bayern Munich chairman Karl Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed once again that Thiago Alcantara will be leaving the German giants this summer. The midfielder joined the club in 2013 from FC Barcelona and has one year left on his current deal. Rummenigge confirms that Bayern have tried to have Thiago sign a new contract but the the midfielder is adamant to change clubs.

“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,” Rummenigge told Sky Sport in Germany.

“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.” English champions Liverpool have been heavily linked to Thiago, though the Reds have not made a former offer for the 29-year-old.