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Guardiola: 'I Want Thiago, We Need Him'

Pep Guardiola has indicated that Bayern Munich is preparing to hijack Manchester United’s move for Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcantara. The 22-year-old Spaniard is available for a cut price this summer due to a clause in his contract that was activated based on the number of appearances he made last season.

“I want Thiago, we need him,” Guardiola told reporters at a press conference on Thursday. “Either Thiago arrives or no one else does. We need Thiago, if he does not come, then no other player will for next season. He is a super, super player.” The former Barca coach hailed the Spaniard’s versatility: “He can play in three, four or five positions. He is smart and mentally very strong. In normal circumstances, he would never leave Barca, but he wants to play, and with Neymar that will be harder still.”

In a separate interview, Guardiola slammed Barca President Sandro Rosell for suggesting that he did not see enough of his former assistant coach Tito Vilanova when he was living in New York and Vilanova was undergoing treatment for cancer there. "This year there have been too many times when they [Barcelona and Rosell] crossed the line," Guardiola said. "Using Tito Vilanova's illness to hurt me, that I will never forget. I saw Tito Vilanova in New York, and if I didn't see him more, it's because it was not possible for me to do so.”

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