After picking up an injury in training that may see him sidelined for the next few months, Bayern Munich fans may have seen the last of Philippe Coutinho in a jersey in this shade of red.
Or have we?
After the Der Spiegel report this morning confirmed that Bayern Munich let the Brazilian midfielder’s purchase option expire, there still remains the question of whether Bayern will look to keep him on loan for another year or if he will return to his parent club at FC Barcelona.
In his interview with Der Spiegel (via fcbinside.de), Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge gave a rather cryptic response when it came to Coutinho’s future in Bavaria. He said, “The purchase option has expired and we didn’t exercise it. Now we first have to finish our roster planning internally and decide whether he will play a role with us or not.”
While Coutinho remains a divisive figure among the fans of FC Bayern Munich (including in this community), what cannot be denied is that Coutinho brings a certain quality to this team that cannot always be found in other German talents. In addition, I’d argue that Coutinho still may have more to offer to the team than meets the eye.
Let’s start with his statistics (via WhoScored).