By Mike Parrott
Pep Guardiola has reacted to Liverpool's signing of Thiago Alcantara from Bayern Munich. Guardiola managed Thiago at both Bayern and Barcelona earlier in their careers.
With Thiago joining the reigning Premier League champions, a familiar face in Thiago's history has had his say on the signing.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola managed Alcantara at Barcelona, and even brought the Spanish midfielder with him to Bayern Munich when Pep was the head of the Bavarian team.
Speaking ahead of City's opening game of the campaign against Wolves on Monday, the City boss said:
Thiago is a Liverpool player - he signed yesterday night. Pep Guardiola just commented: "I wasn't trying to sign him at Man City because we have enough players in this position. I am happy that Thiago comes to England because you'll enjoy a really good player". :star2: #MCFC #LFC
- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 18, 2020
"We have enough players in this position.
"I am happy that Thiago comes to England because England is going to enjoy a really good player."
Guardiola is ready to give more time to the likes of Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva, after David Silva departed Manchester for Lazio this summer.
"Phil can play in that position, striker as well and wingers."
Thiago played 80 times under Guardiola at Bayern, going on to win the Bundesliga three straight times.
Take good care of him, @LFC :punch:@Thiago6 pic.twitter.com/KhvEItw0KV
- FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) September 18, 2020
"It's an amazing feeling. I was waiting for this moment for a long time and I am very happy to be here," the Spanish midfielder said.
Thiago will wear the number six shirt at Anfield and becomes the club's second summer signing after Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas.
Thiago added: "I must adapt to the team as fast as I can in the situation and the context that we are living right now.
"Everything is more compact and we started a little bit later, but still it is football and I think we have to mix all the big things up, all the good things we have.
"I will help the team in a defensive and offensive [way] and also in a mental aspect."
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