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Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara extends contract with Bayern Munich by 2 years until 2019

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MUNICH — Spain midfielder Alcantara has extended his contract with Bayern Munich by two years until 2019.

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says "we're happy that has decided to stay with Bayern for the long term. He's young and important player for the future of the club.

The 24-year-old , who joined Bayern from Barcelona for 25 million euros ($28.5 million) in 2013, has scored two goals and set up four more in 25 Bundesliga for the club. He missed more than a year with serious knee injuries before returning in April 2015.

He completed all of Bayern's pre-season campaign and came on as a substitute in both of the side's league games so far.

has made five appearances for Spain.

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