Barcelona have given their clearest indication yet that Thiago will leave the club this summer after removing him from their advertising as picked up by Spanish daily SPORT.
A photo posted on the clubs official Instagram account to announce Qatar Airways as the official sponsor of their 2013 tour saw Thiago cropped out of a photo that originally saw him standing next to Pique to showcase the club’s new kits for next season.
While it may be a complete coincidence that the photo now seemingly does not include Thiago, it would seem that Barcelona are covering themselves for an impending departure. Why else would they re-release a different version of a photo that had been shown to the public a few weeks earlier?
Yesterday, it was reported that Barcelona were getting annoyed at Thiago’s indecisiveness and with David Moyes’ first press conference, the new United boss is expected to be quizzed over his potential arrival.
This move by Barcelona is the first public movement the club has made in regards to the Thiago situation and for the optimistic United fan, it certainly looks like that Catalan club are preparing for his departure.
Given that Thiago’s €18 million release clause expires on August 1, there will definitely be movement either way regarding his Barcelona future but given these new photos and the fact Thiago has remained silent, a move away from the club grows more likely by the day.