A day after the announcement of his transfer to Bayern Munich, midfielder Thiago Alcantara came to FC Barcelona's training facility on Monday to say goodbye to teammates as they reported for their pre-season physicals.
Bayern agreed to pay Barça 25 million euros ($32.6 million) for Thiago, a key element in the victory of Spain's under-21 team at last month's European championship.
The move reunites the talented midfielder with Pep Guardiola, the former Barça manager who is now coach at Bayern Munich, the reigning Bundesliga and Champions League champs.
Guardiola made Thiago a starter at Barcelona and said last week that he was urging Bayern directors to make a deal that would bring the youngster to Munich.
Alcantara saw less playing time with Barcelona last season, partly because of injuries, but also due to current coach Tito Vilanova's preference for Andres Iniesta, Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas in the midfield.
Barça will start workouts on Tuesday in preparation for this weekend's first pre-season match against Poland's Lechia, though the defending La Liga champions will be without several top players until July 29, when the squad's Spanish and Brazilian internationals are scheduled to report. EFE