Bayern ‘Very Happy’ With Coutinho – Abidal
Barcelona’s sporting director, Eric Abidal has claimed that Bundesliga side, Bayern Munich is ‘very happy with Philippe Coutinho’, contrary to Bild’s January report that the loan club is not satisfied with the Brazilian’s performance.
Abidal made the statement while addressing the press on Saturday ahead of the club’s game with Real Betis on Sunday.
He said: “According to my understanding, Bayern are very happy with Coutinho and the player is also happy there. We’ll see what happens.”
But contrary to Abidal’s statement, the Bayern hierarchy had in January said it will not exercise the €120 million purchase option for Coutinho, as Bild’s report claim that the play maker has “failed to impress the club’s hierarchy.”
Despite the player’s 11 goals and 9 assists in all competitions for the club in the current season, the “Bayern chiefs may not extend his stay,” according to daily mail.
The player has played only 19 Bundesliga games- 12 start and 7 as substitute for the team, and has been left out of the starting 11 in recent Bundesliga matches.
Similarly, Coutinho had said in December 2019 that he was comfortable at Bayern and hopes to remain at the club if things fall in place for him.
“I’m very comfortable; I plan to stay here for the year and I’m focused on my time here. If everything fits, then I’d love to stay,” he said.
Reacting to the comment by Abidal, a Barcelona fan @ VamosAK cautioned the director on twitter to desist from selling falsehood to the public, adding that Coutinho barely starts game for the Bavarians.
“Come on Abi don’t sell us the Coutinho shit. He is not even starting games there and I will be watching Suarez’s instagram tonight if there is another message from him to Abidal,” he said.
Coutinho arrived at Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 in a fee of €160 million, which is one of the most expensive fees in the history of football, behind Paris Saint-Germain’s fee for Neymar and Kylian Mbappe.
The Brazilian due to poor form at the Catalan club was sent on loan to Bayern in 2019 to help him recover his form.