Thiago Alcântara to leave Barca to ensure WC 2014 dream, Man United & Bayern lead race [Sport]

Thiago Alcântara wants to leave Barcelona according to the front page of Spanish daily Sport on Tuesday.

With the headline “Thiago wants to go” splashed on their paper, jounrnalist Tomas Andreu reports that the Spanish Under-21 midfielder now sees his future away from the Nou Camp as the player wants to play more minutes of top flight football in order to get himself into Spain’s 2014 World Cup squad.

Sport claim that days before the Euro U21 Championships Finals kicked off in Israel, Thiago Alcântara sat down with Barca boss Tito Vilanova but the meeting did not go the way the player had hoped. Sport report:

The meeting with Tito Vilanova, days before joining with the selection to start the European under-21, did not appease the expectations of a player who is convinced that one can only progress if you have more minutes in the most significant games. 

The message from Barcelona did not meet the midfielder’s expectations. Tito recalled the experiences of other colleagues and told him it would be a key player for the future of the club, although he added that both Xavi and Iniesta are still ahead of him in this upcoming season.. In short, depending on injuries and possible incidents, the 2013-14 season would follow a very similar pattern to the campaign just ended.

Now Thiago Alcântara is on the lookout for new employers, and Manchester United appear to be the player’s likely destination.

As Thiago has not played enough games in 2012/2013 for Barcelona, a clause in his contract has been activated which means he can leave the Nou Camp if Manchester United bid 18 million euros.

Sport also add that Bayern Munich, now managed by Pep Guardiola, are also paying close attention to Thiago Alcântara’s situation as the Bavarians weigh up a bid for the young Spaniard.

Thiago Alcântara will today feature in the final of the Euro U21 Championships as Spain take on Italy in Jerusalem.

Footage of Thiago Alcântara discussing a possible move to Old Trafford, as well as his thoughts about Spain winning Euro U21 can be seen below.