Thiago Alcantara has bid an emotional farewell to Bayern Munich as he closes in on a move to Liverpool.
The Spain international will have his medical on Merseyside on Friday and the PA news agency understands he will complete the formalities on a four-year deal, for an initial £20million fee, later in the day.
“I have made the most difficult decision of my sports career,” said the midfielder in a video posted on Twitter.
“I will close this chapter on this wonderful club where I have grown as a player for seven years. Triumphs, joy and also hard times.
“But what I am most proud of is that I arrived in Munich as a young man filled with dreams and now I will leave completely fulfilled with a club, a history and a culture.
“Here I learned to love a tradition that I am now saying goodbye to, but which I will never forget.
“I have experienced fantastic moments: in this city….with my Bavarian family who treated me so well and loved me every second.
“My decision is purely of a sporting nature. As a soccer player I want new challenges to develop myself further.
“Bavaria will always be my home. Thank you FC Bayern.”
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