Gerard Pique urges Thiago Alcantara to stay at Barcelona for fame and glory
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique has urged his side not to sell Thiago Alcantara following his brilliant hat-trick in Spain’s 4-2 victory over Italy in the European Under-21 Championship final. The former Manchester United center-back believes Thiago Alcantara can become a huge asset for Barcelona in the future.
Top notch clubs from across Europe are lining up to place a bid on the attacking midfielder, who at the age of 22 years has already featured thrice in Spain’s star-struck national team. Presently, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are the top suitors for Thiago Alcantara’s services.
Thiago Alcantara has a €18million buy-out clause embedded in his contract with Barcelona, but that fact will change after July 31 as the youngster is about to be offered a new deal. Thiago Alcantara has shown maturity beyond his age for club and country during the past two years. The Barcelona bred player has appeared in 81 games for Barcelona in the last two seasons and has captained Spain in the European Under-21 Championship in Israel this year.
However, in spite of all the fame and glory the youngster has received in such a young age, Thiago Alcantara is in danger of being overshadowed by Barcelona star such as Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez. Last season, Thiago Alcantara started in only 15 La Liga games. This clearly suggests that the Spain international wasn’t a first-team choice.
Reports in Spain suggest Thiago Alcantara has already decided to move out of Barcelona. This news has attracted the attention football powerhouses such as Manchester United and Bayern Munich. Moreover, since the player’s contract is set to expire soon, Barcelona will be forced to sell him off at a cut-price.
In an interview to Onda Cero on their program Al Primer Toque, Gerard Pique urged Barcelona to remove any doubts about Thiago Alcantara moving away from the club. Gerard Pique also advised Thiago Alcantara to be patient and wait for his turn at Barcelona.
“Players in his position like Xavi were patient and they ended up defining an era,” Gerard Pique said. “When you watch them and see how superior they have been in this tournament you realize that the future is very positive.”
In spite of all the records and fame Xavi Hernandez has acquired, the Spaniard is considered to be a late bloomer. The 33-year-old midfield maestro became a regular in Barcelona’s first-team in the 2006-07 season. Since, Thiago Alcantara is a player with a playing style similar to that of Xavi, it will most likely take a couple of years before youngster is granted first-team action.