Thiago Alcantara has discussed Manchester United’s open pursuit of him over two consecutive summers in 2012 and 2013.
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago was a target for Sir Alex Ferguson during his final season as United manager while the Spaniard was still at Barcelona, while Ferguson’s successor, David Moyes, also openly sought to sign the 24-year-old.
Thiago eventually joined Bayern in 2013, and has now established himself in the first team after recovering from a serious knee injury suffered in his first season.
“There was never any firm proposal,” Thiago told the Daily Mail with regards to United’s interest.
“David de Gea wanted me to join. He wrote a message on my match ball after we’d beaten Italy in the final [of the 2013 European Under 21 Championship]. But I’d have done the same with him.
“He is one of the greatest goalkeepers in the world. You always want to play with the best. But it was always going to be Munich.
On the appeal of the Premier League, Thiago added: “All I will say is that it is an amazing league. It is probably the best league in the world but I’m very happy at Bayern and fulfilled with what I am doing.”