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“I don’t care”: Liverpool midfielder responds to Barcelona links



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Barcelona’s sale of Thiago Alcantara to Bayern Munich back in 2013 has been criticised for years now. A La Masia graduate, the Spaniard has gone on to scale great heights and achieve huge success since leaving Catalonia.

A seven-time Bundesliga winner with Bayern Munich, he also lifted the UEFA Champions League with Die Roten, before he made his way to England last year, signing for Liverpool. The Spaniard’s time in the Premier League, however, has been bogged down by niggling injury issues.

Thiago, as a result, has never been able to get a regular run in Jurgen Klopp’s side, which eventually have led to speculations about his future. The return of Xavi Hernandez as manager of Barcelona earlier this month has sparked rumours that the 30-year-old could also return to Camp Nou.

The 46-time capped Spanish international has denied those rumours, however, claiming that he is entirely focused on seeing through his contract with Liverpool, which runs until the summer of 2024.

As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Thiago said: “I don’t care about these rumours. I am focused on the duty I have for my team and for the years I have with my team.”

Romano, in his update on Twitter, further adds that while Barcelona consider Thiago as a magnificent player, they have not approached his camp or Liverpool in order to explore the possibility of a transfer back to Camp Nou.

A world-class operator without a doubt, Thiago has been hit hard by a few recurring injury problems of late. With Barcelona’s midfield department oozing with quality in the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Gavi and Nico Gonzalez, investing in a player who is nearing the final stage of his career and has become injury-prone would not make a lot of sense from the club’s point of view.

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