Manuel Neuer sends transfer message to Liverpool target Thiago

Manuel Neuer sends transfer message to Liverpool target Thiago


Neuer wants the Spaniard to stay (Picture: Getty Images)

Manuel Neuer hopes his Bayern Munich team-mate Thiago will remain at the club amid rumours that the midfielder is wanted by Liverpool.

The Spaniard is said to be keen on a new challenge after a seven-year spell at the Bavarian club in which he has won the league title in every season.

The Reds are one of the teams most heavily linked with a move for Thiago, however, they will reportedly have to offload players before they can land the 29-year-old.

Bayern take on Chelsea in the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie at the Allianz Arena on Saturday night, after winning the away tie 3-0 back in February.

Neuer believes Thiago is a vital cog in Bayern’s midfield and wants him to stay with the Bundesliga giants.

‘I hope that it won’t be one of the last matches of Thiago,’ Neuer said.

‘He had to undergo surgery at the end of the season but now he’s back and 100 per cent. 

‘He’s a very valuable player for us, especially in ball possession. He’s very important for us. He’s our engine in midfield actually.’

Thiago is seeking a new challenge (Picture: Getty Images)

Liverpool legend John Barnes doubts whether Thiago would be a good fit for his former side, considering they rely on hard-working players in midfield to allow their forwards and attacking full-backs to flourish .

The former England winger told BBC Sport earlier this week: ‘With the midfield being very workmanlike, they are a lot of points better off than everybody else.

‘The reason you can have two full-backs attacking at the same time and three strikers is because they have three hard-working midfielders to protect that situation.

‘If you get another creative midfielder and you want your full-backs and front three to attack, then maybe you are going to concede more goals.’

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