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Bayern Munich chief provides fresh update on Thiago Alcantara’s future

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has acknowledged that midfielder Thiago Alcantara could head for the exit door this summer after turning down the option to sign a new contract.

The Spain international has been with the German champions for the past seven years and during this period, he has bagged 31 goals and 37 assists from 230 appearances across all competitions.

His current deal with the Bavarian giants expires at the end of June next year and Rummenigge has confirmed that the former Barcelona graduate has declined to prolong his stay.

In an exclusive interview to BILD, he told: “He’s a decent guy, on and off the pitch. We negotiated seriously with him and fulfilled all his wishes. But it seems that he wants to do something new towards the end of his career.”

Meanwhile, a recent report from Spanish publication SPORT has claimed that Liverpool are in advanced negotiations to sign the 29-year-old and a fee of around £31.5m (€35m) could be sufficient to do business with Bayern.

When asked about the reported Liverpool interest, Rummenigge stressed that Bayern have not made any contact with the recently-crowned Premier League champions.

However, he emphasised that the club don’t have any intention of keeping any player for another season, knowing that he could leave on a free transfer next summer.

“We definitely didn’t have any contact to Liverpool at all. If he wants to do that, we have to deal with it. We don’t want to lose any player next year for free. I can say it that clearly,” He added.

Thiago struggled with a nagging groin problem following the season resumption after the COVID-19 break in May and he made only two appearances for the club before he underwent a surgery last month.

He has returned to regular training ahead of Saturday’s DFB-Pokal Cup final against Bayer Leverkusen in Berlin and it remains to be seen whether he makes the matchday squad.

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