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Thiago Alcantara reveals why he ditched Manchester United

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7.29K   //    17 Jul 2013, 22:40 IST

Pep Guardiola behind Thiago Alcantara’s Manchester United snub

Pep Guardiola’s latest signing Thiago Alcantara has revealed why he preferred to join Bayern Munich over Manchester United.

The Spain U21 football team’s captain said: “I played under him in the Barcelona youth team and I’ve got him to thank for everything that I have achieved so far.

“I never had a coach like him. He’s unique. After the European Under-21 Championship, I spoke with Guardiola on the phone and, after that, I decided to come to Bayern.

“I discussed last season and the upcoming season with the club. I wanted a new challenge.”

He added: “It’s a special city with a particular flair. There’s a real passion for football in the city.

“There are few teams as strong as Bayern and Barcelona. This is a fantastic side. I don’t want to mention any names in particular, I’m just looking forward to playing with every single one of them.”

On how he feels to face his former team mates in a possible pre-season friendly at the Allianz Arena, he said: “Barcelona have some exceptional players and they’ve all wished me lots of luck and all the best, but I’m ready to face my former team-mates.”

Source: Independent

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