Thiago Alcantara has not ruled out a possible return to boyhood cub Barcelona despite admitting his happiness at playing for Bayern Munich.
The midfielder was quoted in Mundo Deportivo as he opened up about a potential move back to Camp Nou before he retires in the far off future.
Thiago joined Bayern form Barcelona in the summer of 2013 and has gone on to become a vital component of the German giants' starting lineup.
However, the Spain international hinted that a transfer back to Catalonia could be a distinct possibility after he revealed La Blaugrana would always be his "first love".
He said: "Barcelona will always be my home, and not only because I love the club, but also to the city. I will always look at them with love.
"You never know if I will return, because I am very happy at Bayern, but football changes a lot. Everything can happen."
Anyone able to explain why Barcelona sold Thiago? Or explain why he didn't play much under Tito?— Stevie Grieve (@Steviegrieve) October 25, 2017
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Thiago moved from north eastern Spain to Bavaria for around £23m four summers ago after he made exactly 100 appearances for the current La Liga leaders.
The 26-year-old notched 11 goals and 20 assists during that time, but he found regular first-team football hard to come by after he made his senior bow in May 2009.
Why does Thiago always say he loves Barcelona just before the transfer window is about to open? Rinse repeat same thing past 4 years.— Reema 😒 💅 (@Reeeeema9_n) November 10, 2017
That led to Bayern making a move for him with the aim of making him their next star centre midfielder, but it wasn't until ex-manager Carlo Ancelotti took up the reins at the Allianz Arena that Thiago truly began to flourish.
The 23-times capped international had turned out 94 times for Bayern before last term but had only registered nine goals and 14 assists in his first three seasons.
In 2016/17, however, Thiago racked up an impressive 41 appearances - all but one of which came from the start - and bagged himself a tidy nine goals and nine assists in all competitions.
Whether the La Masia academy product will ever return to Barcelona is up for debate, but if Thiago ever wanted to move back home then there's no denying that Barca could afford to bring him back.