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Coutinho returns to Barcelona after a successful loan


Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho returns to Barcelona on Wednesday after loan deal with Bayern Munich. 

The 28-year-old Brazilian sensation rebooted his career in Bavaria after a frustrating period in Barcelona following his high-profile transfer from Liverpool in 2018.

Coutinho scored 11 goals, creating nine more, in 38 games for Bayern, also scoring twice in the 8-2 against his club Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final.

He also came on as a second-half replacement in Bayern’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Lisbon final.

Coutinho struggled to make the starting side in Munich once Bayern head coach Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovac last November, preferring Thomas Mueller in the attacking midfield role at the Brazilian’s expense.

Having paid 8.5 million euros ($10 million) to have Coutinho on loan, Bayern opted not to use the buy option of 120 million euros.

“Making any further investments of this magnitude in these difficult economic times… are also difficult for us,” Rummenigge said in mid-August.

However, Coutinho seems to have a future in Barcelona as new head coach Ronald Koeman reportedly phoned him on Monday to assure the Brazilian he is part of his planning for the coming season.

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