Marc-Andre ter Stegen has urged Barcelona to re-sign Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich this summer.
In an interview with German publication Sport Bild, Marc-Andre ter Stegen remarked that he would like to see Thiago Alcantara return to Barcelona. The Spain midfielder departed from Camp Nou in 2013, and has been successful with Bayern Munich.
Thiago has seen his career graph take on a constantly upward trajectory since joining Bayern Munich from Barcelona in the summer of 2013. While injuries have plagued his progress at different junctures, the player has well and truly come into his own at the Allianz Arena in a period that has also seen him become a regular for Spain.
Injuries were a factor once again this past season, with Thiago managing to feature just 32 time. But, the player was consistent whenever available, and ended the campaign with seven goals and four assists. But his future at Bayern is up in the air, with recent reports claiming that Die Roten are ready to sell him this summer.
His uncertain position at the Allianz Arena is sure to pique the interest of several big-name clubs across Europe. And, German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen wants Barcelona to be one of them, iterating that he wants to see Thiago return to Camp Nou.
“I would like to have Thiago at Barca. His playing style suits us and from our viewpoint he is an interesting player. Thiago is a special type of player. He definitely would offer us different possibilities. If a transfer happened, it would be brilliant both for him and for us.”
Barcelona have already bolstered their midfield, with Arthur set to officially join the club soon. But, the Brazilian is seen as more of a defensive signing, with Philippe Coutinho the only midfielder providing a distinctly creative touch in the middle of the park.
With Ivan Rakitic’s future uncertain, Thiago could be just the player for Barcelona to boost their creative options and prepare for their long-term future, with the likes of Coutinho, Arthur and him in tow. Having said that, the Blaugrana, or any other club, are yet to register an interest in the player, if Bayern chief Karl Heinz Rummenigge is to be believed.
Thiago, himself, has been coy whenever quizzed on his future, and it all makes one think that a transfer could be a real possibility. But, at least one player will be happy to see him back at Barcelona, with ter Stegen’s sentiments likely to be echoed among the club’s fanbase as well.