A few weeks ago, Thiago Alcantara looked set to leave Barcelona for Manchester United, as reports stated that the player had already agreed terms with the English club.
Fast forward to this week and he has instead joined Bayern Munich to link up with his former coach, Pep Guardiola.
This decision had shocked many across the globe as his decision to join the current European champions as he wants regular first-team football in order to be included in Spain's squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil.
Many critics had stated that if Thiago wanted to move forward with his career he must join Manchester United, as United look to reinforce their midfield.
He would be guaranteed large amounts of playing time and thus increasing his chances of being selected to represent his national team.
On the other hand, critics had stated that if he joined Bayern Munich, he would utterly lower his chances of featuring in the World Cup, as Bayern have one of the most accomplished midfields in the world.
Playing time would be limited and he would have to fight for places with the likes of Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Javi Martinez, Mario Gotze and Luiz Gustavo. No easy feat indeed.
However I would like to take another point of view, as to why I believe Thiago joining Bayern Munich is not really as bad as the critics point it out to be.
Thiago was first developed in La Masia's academy and progressed through while finally breaking through into the first team after Guardiola saw potential in him.
And now, when he joins up with Guardiola again, there is no doubt that Guardiola will use him quite extensively, especially since he has promised Thiago enough playing time.
With that promise, Thiago also now has the chance to play for the current European Champions which are set to dominate European football in the next few years, in which they will no doubt, achieve much success in European football and thus, adding trophies into his career.
While I would agree that Thiago would definitely have a higher chance for playing for Spain next year if he had joined Manchester United, he still has a chance as he plays for Bayern Munich.
He has impressively captained a strong U21 Spain Squad to victory in the U21 Euros; which will not be ignored by Vicente del Bosque, and if he continues to develop and impress during his time in Bayern, he will have a good chance of featuring.
Also do not forget that Thiago is still young, and at an age of 23 he still has options and chances for him in these upcoming years.
Even if he doesn't get selected for next year's Spain World Cup squad, there is no doubt he will feature in the next World Cup after, where he will have a chance to win the same trophy his father did in 1994.
While Thiago's chances of featuring in next year's World Cup will purely depend on his ability to oust Bayern's current midfielders for playing time.
I believe his decision to join Bayern Munich does not spell the end for his career but in fact, will bring success to his club career and possibly his international career in the future.
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