Thiago refuses to answer questions on future as Barcelona & Madrid rumours swirl

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The Bayern Munich midfielder used to play at Camp Nou, and the La Liga giants are reportedly keen to re-sign him, though he is keeping quiet

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has refused to answer questions on his future, as he continues to be linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid.

Thiago joined Bayern from Barca in 2013, with the Spain international struggling for game time and behind Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas in the club's midfield pecking order.

However, manager Ernesto Valverde is reported to have identified Thiago as a key target this summer, as he bids to add depth to his midfield following Iniesta's departure.

Several outlets claim Bayern are willing to negotiate, and Real Madrid are also said to be monitoring developments, but Thiago was quick to shut down any talk of a transfer following La Roja's 2-2 draw with Morocco in their final game of the World Cup group stages.

Asked about the rumours he simply replied: "Another question."

Thiago played as La Roja survived a major scare against Morocco on Monday, with Iago Aspas' last-minute goal rescuing a 2-2 draw and sending the country through as group winners, following Portugal's controversial 1-1 draw with Iran.

Spain will now face hosts Russia in the last 16, having flattered to deceive throughout the first three games. A 3-3 draw with Portugal was followed by a narrow 1-0 win over Iran, and Thiago admits that they must improve if they are to repeat their 2010 triumph in Russia.

Asked about their performance, Thiago acknowledged that "they have to take a step forward" to again go deep into the tournament. 

And he added: "Russia is a great rival."

Thiago's coach, Fernando Hierro, was parachuted into the role following the shock sacking of Julen Lopetegui before the tournament began.

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And he believes that the team simply must get better, as he readily admits that he and his players were fortunate to top Group B.

“I like the group, it was a level playing field, we weren't sure who was going to be first or second until the last minute and I have to admit we were lucky to finish first,” he said.

“We have to be very demanding with ourselves. This is not the way. We can’t allow the opposition so many chances. If we want to get to where we dream, we have to adjust these details and be self-critical, knowing there is room for improvement."

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