Barcelona's highly-rated youngster Thiago Alcantara has alerted clubs around Europe after revealing that this future at the Catalan's is uncertain, though he has since said he was misunderstood.
Despite being promoted to the first team squad for next season, Thiago could be used as the as fulcrum as Barca attempts to bring Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal. If Fabregas does move, it could push him out of the club with Chelsea and Arsenal rumoured to be considering a bid.
His father and agent, Mazinho, had recently dismissed reports of him being included in a part-exchange deal with Arsenal, when he said, His future is at Barcelona. The boy does not want to leave the club or be involved in a deal with Cesc Fabregas. Nobody at the club has told us that Thiago will not be here next season. It is his ambition to be successful at Barcelona.
Thiago, however, admitted that his future is uncertain and admitted that the lure of first-team football could lure him away from the European champions.
I would be lying if I said that my dream is to succeed at Barca, he told EFE. My dream is to succeed in football. I want to be a player who people remember forever.
When directly questioned about whether he would still be at the club next season, he said, I don't know. I have a two-year contract. For now, I'm only thinking about winning the European Under-21 Championships, and securing my place in the (2012) Olympic team. Then I will go on holiday, and then I will return for pre-season.
Guardiola is a coach who has shown trust in me and the change this year is that I'll be in the first-team squad. We'll see.
A day later though, Thiago retracted his comments indicating that it hadn't come across as he had intended.
I want to rectify yesterday's statements, he said. I didn't choose the right words. Barca is my home - I grew up here, I want to triumph here. That's my dream. I didn't want to upset the fans. Of course it's not pleasant to hear you might be sold, but I don't have any bad words for the club.