Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has revealed his disappointment that manager Pep Guardiola won't be extending his stay in Bavaria following last month's news that the highly coveted Spanish coach is to leave the club for a new challenge at the end of the season.

"All of you know how Pep Guardiola is as a manager - he is the best coach in history," Thiago is quoted as saying by

"I have shared great moments with him and bad moments but you know how somebody is in bad moments and he always was there."

Thiago arrived in Munich shortly after Guardiola in the summer of 2013, making the switch from Barcelona where he had previously enjoyed lots of success after being given his first-team debut by the great man.

"I came to Bayern with him and I am so grateful as he brought me the opportunity to play at a great club like Bayern," Thiago continued.

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"It is sad that he has to leave. He is a manager who needs time to know the team and we are now in a good dynamic."

Three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti, currently on a 12-month break from football after his harsh dismissal from Real Madrid, has already agreed to fill the hot-seat at the Allianz Arena when Guardiola steps down in June.

Until then, though, there is still plenty for Bayern to achieve. At the halfway stage of the Bundesliga season, Guardiola's team are on course for a fourth consecutive title (a third for the current boss) having dropped just five points in the first 17 games.

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In the Champions League, a trophy that would perfectly cap off Guardiola's spell in Germany, a last 16 tie against 2015 finalists Juventus lies ahead.

To kick off 2016, Bayern will report back for team training on Monday afternoon following a 15-day winter break.

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