Thiago Alcantara, who has agreed a deal to signal for Liverpool, says leaving Bayern Munich was the “most difficult decision” of his profession.
The Spain midfielder’s arrival has not been formally introduced by Liverpool, however Thiago, 29, has stated goodbye to Bayern in an open letter.
He is signing for least £20m, plus £5m in add-ons, on a four-year contract.
“I decided to close this chapter in this marvellous club,” Thiago wrote.
“The club where I grew and developed myself as a player during the last seven years.
“Victories, success, pleasure moments and a few exhausting occasions as effectively. But what I’m most pleased with is having arrived in Munich being a younger man stuffed with goals and leaving utterly fulfilled and recognized with a membership, a historical past, a philosophy, a language and a tradition.
“Here I learnt how to love and respect a tradition which I say goodbye now but I will never forget.”
As effectively as successful the Champions League with Bayern final season, Thiago has received seven consecutive Bundesliga titles, 4 German Cups and the Club World Cup.
He will probably be Premier League champions Liverpool’s second summer time signing, after Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas joined from Olympiakos.
“My decision is purely sports related,” Thiago stated.
“As a football player, I want and I need new challenges in order to develop myself as I did here.”
Speaking to the media earlier than Liverpool’s Premier League journey to Chelsea on Sunday, supervisor Jurgen Klopp refused to be drawn on Thiago’s impending arrival at Anfield, saying “it looks quite promising”.
Be he stated if the switch did occurred, it might have “no impact on anyone’s future in a negative way”, regardless of rumours that it might see midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum’s departure from the membership.