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Thiago bids farewell to Bayern Munich ahead of Liverpool move

The Spain international is expected to complete his move to Merseyside on Friday.

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Thiago Alcantara is closing in on a move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Thiago Alcantara is closing in on a move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Thiago Alcantara is closing in on a move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Thiago Alcantara has bid an emotional farewell to Bayern Munich as he closes in on a move to Liverpool.

The Spain international will have his medical on Merseyside on Friday and the PA news agency understands he will complete the formalities on a four-year deal, for an initial £20million fee, later in the day.

“I have made the most difficult decision of my sports career,” said the midfielder in a video posted on Twitter.

“I will close this chapter on this wonderful club where I have grown as a player for seven years. Triumphs, joy and also hard times.

“But what I am most proud of is that I arrived in Munich as a young man filled with dreams and now I will leave completely fulfilled with a club, a history and a culture.

“Here I learned to love a tradition that I am now saying goodbye to, but which I will never forget.

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Thiago is close to a £20million move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

Thiago is close to a £20million move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

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Thiago is close to a £20million move to Liverpool (Mike Egerton/PA)

“I have experienced fantastic moments: in this city….with my Bavarian family who treated me so well and loved me every second.

“My decision is purely of a sporting nature. As a soccer player I want new challenges to develop myself further.

“Bavaria will always be my home. Thank you FC Bayern.”

PA