Ottmar Hitzfeld has admitted that Liverpool-linked midfielder Thiago Alcantara will be a huge loss for his old club, but the former Bayern Munich coach is still hoping that Hansi Flick can persuade David Alaba to stay put.
Thiago and Alaba both played a key role in Bayern’s run to the treble in 2019-20, with their final outings of the season coming in a Champions League final victory over Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
The former’s appearance in the showpiece is expected to be his last for Bayern, as he gears up to undertake a new challenge away from Germany.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed that Thiago is seeking a move after rejecting the chance to extend his contract, and Anfield has been mooted as the most likely next destination for the Spanish midfielder.
The German champions are reportedly willing to sanction the 31-year-old’s departure if their €30 million (£27m/$35m) valuation is met, and although the club have yet to receive any formal offers, Hitzfeld is resigned to seeing a prized asset walk through the Allianz Arena exits.
Asked how much Flick’s squad will be weakened if Thiago leaves in the coming weeks, Hitzfeld told Goal and SPOX:
“That is, of course, a loss for Bayern.
“After not always being able to call upon his [full repertoire of] skills at the beginning of the season, he has developed and improved a lot, like the entire team.”