Pep Guardiola says he quit Barcelona for Bayern Munich for a new challenge as, after 14 titles with the Spanish giant, it was same old, same old.
12 Jul 2013 - 6:00 AM  UPDATED 12 Jul 2013 - 11:07 AM

Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola finally shed some light on his resignation at Barcelona - and confirmed he hoped to raid his old club for midfielder Thiago Alcantara.

Guardiola, 42, quit as head coach at Barca after winning 14 titles during his four-year reign at the Camp Nou between 2008 and 2012.

"After four years the desire was gone in Barcelona," Guardiola said at Bayern's training camp in northern Italy.

"The same players, the same opponents, the same journalists, the same games. Now everything is new.

"It's good for my experience. My family will come to Munich soon, it's a good education and therefore I'm grateful."

He also confirmed the European champion's interest in Alcantara.

Spanish media had already linked the 22-year-old with a move to Bayern and Guardiola admitted he has already asked the Bavarian giant to sign the midfielder.

"I know him very, very well. He's a great player and can cover three, four, five positions.

"Thiago is the only player I want, it will be him or no one."

Both Manchester United and Real Madrid have been linked to Alcantara, who has a market value of around 20 million euros ($28 million) and captained Spain Under-21 to the European title and was voted player of the tournament.

Alcantara, who has a contract at Barcelona until June 2015, scored a first-half hat-trick as Spain beat Italy 4-2 in the European Under-21 Championship final in Jerusalem last month.

Bayern already has several midfield stars with Germany's Mario Goetze signed from Borussia Dortmund, plus Netherlands' Arjen Robben, France's Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller, Toni Kroos and Swiss Xherdan Shaqiri vying for places.

"I don't think adding another midfielder will be a problem for us," said Guardiola.

"I give my opinion but I listen to the board. If they say no, that's ok.

"Nobody will leave Barcelona, unless they feel they won't play much. He wants to play. That's why I proposed him to the club."