Thiago Alcantara’s father insists that he will not leave Barcelona, and his commitment is vital to the team's future.
Alcantara comes from solid football stock, and his father Mazinho was a World Cup winner with Brazil. He told a Barcelona radio station, “There has not been any offer for Thiago. He has a contract with the club until 2015 and I hope that he will stay at the club for many years and retire there,” via Luis Mira of Goal.com.
Rumors swirled earlier in the summer about a possible move to Manchester United; he does not appear keen on leaving the Camp Nou.
The 21-year-old central midfielder has given productive minutes to Barcelona’s senior side over the past two seasons. He had two goals and three assists in 27 La Liga appearances.
He has a unique ability to hold on to the ball and get past defenders. He also has excellent touch and vision, completing 92.7 percent of his passes during league matches this past year, according to Whoscored.com.
Alcantara certainly would have played a key role on Spain’s Olympic team this summer, but a shin injury kept him from competing. This will undoubtedly be a major disappointment for the midfielder; but it is for the best, as he will be a star for Barcelona if he can remain healthy.
The center midfielders have fueled Blaugrana’s success over the past several years. They lead a flawless execution of the tiki-taka strategy on a regular basis.
Xavi Hernandez in particular has been a driving force behind Barça’s dominance, as his touch and vision have come to define the team’s signature style. But the legendary maestro is 32 years old, and the players who have led the team’s triumphs are turning into the old guard.
This is the time that Barcelona needs to protect its brightest young stars, and Alcantara is one of the players who has the potential to be among the best in the world at his position.
He is still young with much to prove, but he is a product of the team’s youth program with an abundance of talent and may one day replace one of Barça’s current superstars.