September 18, 2019
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Coutinho: I hope I can stay at Bayern for a long time, win lots of trophies

Berlin, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho on Monday was unveiled at Allianz Arena after being loaned to Bayern Munich, stating he was “very happy” to be there.

The 27-year-old international told media he is grateful to the German powerhouse for trusting in him, saying he would like to play for Bayern for years to come and help them win.

“The whole club showed great interest in me and put a lot of effort into the transfer,” Coutinho said at Bayern’s home ground.

“I hope I can stay here for a long time and win lots of trophies.”

Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic were present at the press conference as well.

Rummenigge welcomed Coutinho, saying the club expected a lot from the player.

“We are very excited for Coutinho to play for us! His style of play will definitely enhance our attacking game,” Rummenigge said.

“Coutinho will add something spectacular to our game,” Salihamidzic expressed.

Coutinho was presented with the number 10 jersey that belonged to the legendary Dutchman, Arjen Robben, who retired this summer from soccer after spending a decade playing for the Bavarian giant.

“Hasan (Salihamidzic) was in contact with Robben, because we initially did not want to use the numbers 7 (of Franck Ribery) and 10 this year,” Rummenigge explained.

“Arjen had absolutely no problem with it and wishes Coutinho all the best.”

“The number 10 shirt is a gesture to Coutinho that we are counting on him!” Bayern's CEO stated.

Earlier in the day, Barcelona announced on its website the transfer of Coutinho to Bayern Munich on a season-long loan that costs 8.5 million euros ($9.44 million).

Bayern will also take care of the Brazilian’s salary during the ongoing campaign, according to the Spanish club.

The LaLiga champion’s statement added that the deal includes an after-loan purchase option that stands at 120 million euros.

However, Bayern’s online statement said that “all parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the agreement.”

Rummenigge told the reporters that the 8.5 million euros his club paid is the “price of friendship” between Bayern and Barcelona, as that amount cannot be compared to the figures of the market nowadays.

He also thanked the Catalan club for maintaining the good relationships between both sides.

“We are very pleased to have such a friendly relationship with Barcelona. Of course that helped make this transfer possible,” Rummenigge commented.

Rummenigge did not rule out the possibility of making additional acquisitions before the transfer window deadline in Germany on September 2. EFE-EPA

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Barcelona loans Coutinho for 1 year to Bayern Munich

Barcelona, Aug 19 (efe-epa).- Barcelona announced Monday the transfer of its midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Bayern Munich on a one-year loan.

The agreement states that Munich will pay the La Liga side 8.5 million euros ($9.44 million) as well as take care of the player’s salary, according to Barcelona.

“For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I am very much looking forward to that,” the 27-year-old Brazil international said in a statement.

“Like FC Bayern, I have big ambitions and I am convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates," he added.

Meanwhile, Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said that the Bundesliga side has been seeking Coutinho for a long time and thanked Barcelona for reaching an agreement.

“With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack,” Rummenigge added.

The agreement also establishes a purchase option at the end of the season for 120 million euros.

Coutinho watched his Catalan club from the stands as it lost 1-0 to Athletic Bilbao on Friday.

He traveled on Sunday to Munich, where he already visited the facilities of the Bavarian giant.

The Brazilian international arrived to Barcelona in the winter market of the 17/18 season for 120 million euros paid to Liverpool, becoming the most expensive signing of the Spanish club.

Coutinho leaves Barcelona after playing 75 games, scoring 21 goals and earning four titles (La Liga in 2018 and 2019, 2018 Copa del Rey and the 2018 Spanish Super Cup).

“He is a world-class player with great ability, who we can deploy in a number of positions in our forward line, so the FC Bayern squad has gained even more quality," Bayern sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, said.

With his departure, Barcelona has reduced its squad this summer by more than half a dozen players, some due to contract termination and others with transfers.

Andre Gomes was transferred to Everton, Denis Suarez to Celta Vigo, Emerson to Real Betis, Jasper Cillessen to Valencia and Malcom to Zenit St. Petersburg.

Also, Paco Alcacer has been transferred to Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal, following the season-long loan stint he spent at the German club.

Meanwhile, Jeison Murillo, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Thomas Vermaelen have left due to contract termination, while Marc Cucurella was sent to Getafe on loan after Barcelona had activated the player’s buy-back clause from Eibar. EFE

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