United showed interest in the 21 year old 2 summers ago, but he signed a new deal with the Catalan club which included a £25m buyout clause. The offer of a new deal lead most to believe that big things were to come from the midfielder, but it hasn’t quite worked out like that.
Mazinho said of his son:
‘My son would play a lot more in any other team in the world. He’s learning a lot playing with great players but Thiago is very ambitious and needs to play.
‘No-one knows what might happen in the future. Football changes a lot and anything can happen. If Thiago wants to go to the 2014 World Cup, he needs to play much more.
‘Thiago has the quality to succeed at Barca. But he’d play a lot more at another club. He’d get into any other team in the world.
‘I don’t know if Barca are buying more players in the summer. They already have a lot of players who can play in the middle.’