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Report: Bayern Munich want to extend Philippe Coutinho’s loan! (Updated)

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It’s suggested that Bayern want to keep Coutinho until the end of August.

FC Bayern Muenchen v FC Augsburg - Bundesliga Photo by A. Beier/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Philippe Coutinho came to Bayern Munich as the superstar signing that fans and even players had long been waiting for. However, things haven’t fully gone to plan for the Brazillian. The Barcelona loanee soon his starting spot in the team to Thomas Muller after inconsistent performances, and an ankle injury ended his involvement in the Bundesliga season. As a result, Coutinho’s future at the club has been a topic of debate. Now, Mundo Deportivo alleges that Bayern wish to extend Coutinho’s loan, but only until the end of August.

This is because UEFA plans to finish the Champions League by the end of August. By extending his loan a few more months, Coutinho will be able to further contribute to Bayern’s Champions League ambitions.

Unfortunately, Coutinho is currently injured and it’s unlikely that he will play for Bayern in the Bundesliga again. The “little magician” was just finding his stride and starting to work well with his teammates, so this is both unlucky for Bayern and himself. Furthermore, the depth the playmaker provided will be missed — with Coutinho able to contribute from three different positions across the midfield line.

At Bayern, even though he’s often failed to impress, Coutinho has always worked hard and tried his best. Furthermore, you can see a real passion for the club from him — this was evident as he celebrated with Muller in Bayern’s 2-0 win over Augsburg (see article picture). There’s no denying Coutinho’s talent, and Bayern would certainly benefit from his services for a few months longer. Who knows? He could have a vital contribution come August, if the Champions League does indeed finish.

Updates from Florian Plettenberg: