Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal has moved to assure that Bayern Munich remain ‘very happy’ with Philippe Coutinho, despite speculation that the German giants do not intend to activate their option to buy on the on-loan attacking midfielder.
Following months of rampant speculation, Coutinho’s nightmare Camp Nou stay was finally brought to an end in August of last year.
On the back of a challenging 18 months in Catalunya, and despite links with the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham and PSG, the Brazilian eventually put pen-to-paper on a deal with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich.
Coutinho made the move to Bavaria on loan for the season, with an option to buy this summer:
— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 19, 2019
‘Bayern are very happy with Philippe’
The months since his arrival, however, have not exactly seen Coutinho light up the Bundesliga.
The 27-year-old has actually managed starts in just 12 of Bayern’s 21 league outings thus far this season.
He has showcased flashes of his undoubted brilliance in the colours of the Bavarians, particularly in a dazzling Man of the Match display versus Werder Bremen back in December, but, all told, Coutinho has too often proven frustratingly inconsistent whilst in Germany.
Philippe Coutinho’s game by numbers vs. Werder Bremen:
91% pass accuracy
6 shots on target
6 ball recoveries
4 chances created
2 fouls won
2 take-ons completed
1 standing ovation. 💫 pic.twitter.com/9XgOTj8nti
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 14, 2019
As such, as outlined above, speculation in the German media over the last couple of months has hinted that Bayern will opt against activating their purchase option on Coutinho in the summer.
Such claims, meanwhile, resulted in Eric Abidal being drawn on the situation of the Barca-owned attacker during an interview with Mundo Deportivo this weekend.
The Blaugrana sporting director, though, was quick to assure that Bayern remain ‘very happy’ with Coutinho, with the Brazilian himself also said to be enjoying life at the Allianz Arena:
‘The information we have is that Bayern are very happy with Philippe and Philippe is also very happy there.’
‘It’s true they have an option [to buy him], but we have to plan perfectly with those who are in house and on loan, and then we’ll see.’