Thiago Alcantara: I won't follow Pep Guardiola out of Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has said he has no intention of following Pep Guardiola out of the Allianz Arena and hopes to start providing some "magic" following a slow start to 2016.
Guardiola handed Thiago his Barcelona debut in 2009 and then signed him in 2013 after his move to Bayern, and the midfielder spoke positively about the Premier League in December.
However, the Spain international extended his contract until 2019 in August and said he has no intention of following his coach to Manchester City in the summer.
"If I wanted to leave, I would have not signed a new contract, but if you are up for it, we can play with those rumours day in, day out," he told reporters.
Thiago has featured in all five of Bayern's games since the winter break but has not been at his best, and began two of those matches on the bench.
"It was a bit difficult to find my rhythm following the winter break, but now the machine is running again," he said, adding that he is "delighted" to have played so many games.
Bayern teammate Douglas Costa described Thiago as "magic" but the Spain international said: "I first have to help the team, then I can be magic."
Douglas Costa, meanwhile, made a remarkable start to his Bayern career after joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer before suffering an injury layoff in November.
The Brazilian has contributed only two assists in his first five appearances in 2016 but is happy with his progress.
"I needed time to return to form after my injury," he said. "I want to score more goals. I can always improve."