Thiago Alcantara, who has agreed a deal to sign for Liverpool, says leaving Bayern Munich was the “most difficult decision” of his career.
The Spain midfielder’s arrival has not been officially announced by Liverpool, but Thiago, 29, has said goodbye to Bayern in an open letter.
He is signing for least £20m, plus £5m in add-ons, on a four-year contract.
“I decided to close this chapter in this marvellous club,” Thiago wrote.
“The club where I grew and developed myself as a player during the last seven years.
“Victories, success, joy moments and some hard times as well. But what I am most proud of is having arrived in Munich being a young man full of dreams and leaving completely fulfilled and identified with a club, a history, a philosophy, a language and a culture.
“Here I learnt how to love and respect a tradition which I say goodbye now but I will never forget.” (BBC)