BAYERN MUNICH boss Hansi Flick has insisted he is trying his best to convince Thiago Alcantara to stay.
Liverpool have reportedly agreed personal terms with the midfielder ahead of a £31million summer transfer.
Negotiations between the two clubs over the deal are believed to be at an advanced stage.
But Flick is doing everything he can to try and keep hold of the 29-year-old.
Speaking to reporters this weekend, he said: “The thing is, I always have hope.
“I’m actually always very positive about things.
“I also know, of course, that when you’re at a certain age and you’ve already played in the Spanish league with Barcelona and in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, you feel the need to experience another big league.
“That is quite normal and that is also human.
“I’m trying my best to make sure Thiago stays here and that you can convince him to stay.
“But that’s one thing that time will show.
“We still have the Champions League ahead of us now and we have a lot of plans, also together with him.”
But Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Alcantara wants to leave.
The midfielder has won seven Bundesliga titles since he signed for the German giants from Barcelona in 2013.