Thiago Alcantara: I will not be following Pep Guardiola to Manchester City

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Ever since news of Pep Guardiola leaving Bayern Munich this summer to manage Manchester City emerged, speculation surrounding a host of former and current stars joining him in the Premier League has intensified.

One of such players to have been linked with the Spaniard is countryman and Bayern midfielder, Thiago Alcantara.

The 24-year-old's arrival in Bavaria from Barcelona coincided with Guardiola taking over at the Allianz Arena in 2013 - but it seems yet another reunion at a new club has been rubbished by the player himself.


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Thiago has been frequently linked with a move to the Etihad recently, but Sky Sports reports, as per German outlet Bild, suggest no such move is in the pipeline.

The Spain international said: "There are always a lot of rumours. It’s a fact that Guardiola is joining Manchester City and we have to respect that."

"But there is no truth in the rumours saying I will follow him (Guardiola).

"I would not have signed a new contract had I wanted to leave the club. I extended my contract for a reason."

Both Thiago and Guardiola have the same agent, who happens to be the latter's younger brother.

The 24-year-old Thiago has enjoyed much success in the Bundesliga and is widely regarded one of Europe's most talented central midfielders, even despite the persistent injuries that have largely hindered his progress.

He signed a new four-year deal with Bayern in August last year and has made 17 league appearances this season, eight of which from the bench.

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