Thiago Alcantara: I needed a "change of scenery"

FC Barcelona's Thiago celebrates after scoring against Zaragoza on April 14, 2013
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New Bayern Muncich signing Thiago Alcantara reveals that he left Barcelona because he felt he needed a "change of scenery".

Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara has revealed that he left Barcelona because he needed a "change of scenery".

The 22-year-old playmaker completed his switch from Camp Nou to the Allianz Arena on Sunday for a fee believed to be around €20m (£17.3m).

Thiago revealed that he joined the European Champions after feelings of stagnation set in with the Liga champions.

"It has not been an easy decision. Barca has been my home. I made the decision because I needed a change of scenery," Thiago told reporters. "I've thought a lot, a lot. I have considered it a lot as last season was my last with Barca.

"From the outside it looks like a huge club, but when you walk inside that is when you really see its greatness. They have a great history.

"In the world there are few teams that can compete at the level Barcelona and Bayern are at. It is not an easy change because I am coming from a team I have been at for a long time. But it is greatly compensated because Bayern are a big club."

Thiago was part of the Spain Under-21 side that won the European Championships this summer.

Thiago celebrates his goal for Barcelona with Pedro.
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