Alcantara wants first team football amidst new Chelsea interest

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Thiago Alcantara says he must get more first team football next season or risk jeopardising his dream of playing for Spain at the 2014 World Cup.

The Barcelona playmaker demonstrated his talents to the world with a brilliant hat-trick in Spain's 4-2 U21 European Championship final win over Italy earlier this week.

Manchester United are keen on snapping up the 22-year-old and may be able to do so on the cheap.

According to reports Alcantara's release clause has dropped to €18 million because he didn't play enough first team fixtures last season.

Spanish newspaper Sport claimed this week that Alcantara has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club having grown tired of being back-up to the likes of Xavi and Andres Iniesta.

The player himself didn't offer any hints about his future when interviewed by Catalan radio station RAC1, but did say it is vital to his career that he gets first team football next season..

"I have always had patience," he said. "There are no more under-age teams left so now we are thinking about the senior side. 

"To play a World Cup would be a dream, my biggest aspiration. I must play games with my club and show in the day-to-day action that I can be with the senior side."

Barcelona are believed to be keen on persuading Alcantara to stay, but ESPN report today that Chelsea have emerged as contenders for his signature along with Manchester United.

The website claim that Chelsea are considering a move to take the young midfielder to Stamford Bridge - something sure to alarm Manchester United fans keen on seeing him turn out at Old Trafford next term.

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