Thiago Alcantara has insisted that leaving Barcelona for Bayern Munich the best decision of his life and says the presence of Pep Guardiola played a crucial role in his transfer.
The Spain international left his boyhood club for the Bundesliga champions ahead of the 2013-14 campaign, after initially appearing to be on his way to Manchester United, and he has no regrets over his move to Bavaria.
"It was the best decision of my life to come here to Munich. I am very happy here. Everybody knows the big history of the club," the midfielder said at a press conference.
"I know the coach and the team is really strong – that is why I decided to come here. I have known Guardiola since I was 18 years old. I learned so much from him.
"And if we mix the powerful German style of play football with the Pep-style, perhaps this mixture makes us even stronger."
The 22-year-old recently made his comeback after a spell on the sidelines due to injury and he is desperate to get as much playing time as possible in the weeks to come.
"I am glad to be back. I am looking forward to the game. I am trying to improve still, but I am close to 100 per cent," he enthused.
"I want to play; I do not care which position. The most important thing to me is to play in the starting XI."
Thiago has made eight appearances for Bayern so far this season.