New Bayern Munich signing Philippe Coutinho has this afternoon opened up on his difficult Barcelona stint, as well as confirming his hopes of remaining at the Allianz Arena for the foreseeable future.
Following months of rampant speculation, Coutinho’s future was finally decided earlier today.
Coutinho has made the move to Bavaria on loan for the season, with an option to buy next summer:
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‘Didn’t work out’
The 27-year-old’s move to Germany of course comes just 18 months after he joined Barcelona, in a massive 160 million Euro deal.
Coutinho’s time at the Camp Nou, however, proved underwhelming to say the least.
Last season saw the midfielder notch just 5 goals across 34 La Liga appearances, with the Blaugrana faithful having turned on the former Liverpool man as the campaign wore on.
As such, Coutinho was inevitably questioned on his difficult stint with the Spanish champions following his Bayern unveiling earlier today, with the South American having explained:
‘Concerning Barcelona, things didn’t work out the way we wanted.’
Coutinho then went on to make abundantly clear his hopes of remaining in Munich for the foreseeable future, adding:
‘But that’s the past. This is a new club, a big club, an important club. I hope I’ll be here for a long time and win lots of titles.’
‘Within those years I did have great experiences. I learnt a lot, won a lot with that club and then we had the Copa America, which I won with Brazil and that was really important.’
‘Now I have a chance at a new club, a big club. I didn’t have any doubts when Hasan [Salihamidzic, Bayern sporting director] called me.’
‘He really wanted me to come here, so they flew to Barcelona, we met, they showed me the project and that’s why I really want to thank them, because from the first second [it was clear] how they see me. That was important for me to see.’