Incoming Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara has confirmed he is leaving Bayern Munich and penned a classy farewell message to the German giants, explaining that he is seeking a new challenge.
The Premier League champions are set to announce Thiago’s arrival today having finally agreed a deal for the midfielder, who will move to Anfield in a £20million deal that could rise to £25m depending on various bonuses.
Thiago won the Champions League with Bayern just last month and has loved his time in the German capital, but says the time is right to try something new.
‘Yes, I have made the most difficult decision of my sports career,’ Thiago said in a video posted on social media on Friday.
‘I will close this chapter in this wonderful club where I have grown as a player for seven years.
‘Triumphs, joy and also hard times. But what I am most proud of is that I arrived in Munich as a young man full of dreams and now I will leave completely fulfilled with a club, a history and a culture.
‘I have experienced fantastic moments in this city, in Sabener Strasse and in our beloved Allianz Arena.
‘With my Bavarian family, who treated me so well and loved me every second.
‘My decision is purely of a sporting nature. I want new challenges to develop myself further.
‘Bavaria will always be my home. Thank you, FC Bayern!’
Thiago’s move to Liverpool is expected to be announced later on Friday, with the World Cup winner handed a four-year contract and the number six shirt.