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Thiago denies United claims

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara insists he was never approached by Manchester United about a move to Old Trafford.

Last Updated: 26/07/13 at 09:29 Post Comment

Thiago Alcantara: Had been linked with move to Manchester United

Thiago Alcantara: Had been linked with move to Manchester United

The 23-year-old Spaniard joined Bayern from Barcelona earlier this month, ending speculation about a possible summer switch to United.

Thiago's father and agent, Mazinho, suggested his son had been "very close" to joining the Premier League champions, but the Spain Under-21 international appeared to contradict this claim.

"The truth is that in no moment did United come to us and talk to us. It came from the press, it was always a lie," he said.

He was able to leave Barcelona for a reduced price after a lack of first-team appearances activated a clause in his contract and Alcantara felt his former club did not make enough effort to keep him.

He said: "It's unfair to say I wasn't patient. The club knew my situation. I waited for them, especially before the European Championship, but they never contacted me. I didn't feel valued.

"I wanted to compete. The club knew that I wanted to leave and they didn't do much to change that.

"Everyone looks out for their interests, I wanted to feel valued and I wanted to compete so I decided to leave the club and join Bayern.

"I was waiting and waiting all summer, there was a point when I had to decide.

"All a footballer wants is to play football and I wanted to play, they [Barcelona] didn't do much for me to stay, so here I am."

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