Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta thanked Thiago for his desire to stay at Barça despite the offers that he might have received. "We also wanted you to carry on within this project" he said.
Once Thiago’s contract renewal, until 2015, was completed, Andoni Zubizarreta expressed his
satisfaction with the midfielder’s desire to continue with the Club. "Offers? I neither know
nor want to know. It’s pretty normal that he will have had offers. He’s a great player,
very good in a 1-to-1 situation, he scores goals, has a good pass, gets into the area, and shows
commitment” he said.
According to him, "after the season he’s had, both with the first team and in
the reserves, and even more after his showing with the Under-21’s, it’s normal that he
will have received more than one offer......but I also want to add that neither he nor his agents
have used, at any time, any offers, to pressurise the Club. Something else we can thank him for" he
First we look inside the club
Speaking to Barça TV and www.fcbarcelona.cat , the Sporting Director described the
understanding of both parties at all times: "Everything falls under its own weight. He wanted to
stay with us, with all the good things that implies, and we also wanted him to continue within this
project. So, with both parties so inclined, what’s happened is pretty normal".
Moreover, for Zubi, this contract renewal is another example of the Barça model. "It's part
of our philosophy: we look at what we have in-house before looking elsewhere. Thiago is one of the
clearest examples of ewhat we have in front of us".