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Bayern Munich to extend Coutinho’s loan for the Champions League

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Bayern is going to have Coutinho involved in the Champions League, after all.

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Per a new report from Sky Sports Germany, Bayern Munich has decided to extend Philippe Coutinho’s loan until the end of the season. His loan spell was originally set to expire on June 30, but Bayern intend to extend it so that the Brazilian can play in their Champions League campaign before going back to Barcelona.

UEFA just announced the schedule for the final rounds of the Champions League, all of which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal. The final is set to take place on August 23. Hopefully for Bayern’s sake, Coutinho remains a Bayern player for that long.

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Sky also reports that the Brazilian has just resumed full team training for the first time since having an ankle operation to fix a persistent ligament problem that’d he’d been dealing with for a decent amount of time. He’s missed all 8 of Bayern’s matches since the Bundesliga has restarted. Before the coronavirus outbreak, he’d made 3 consecutive league starts and one in the DFB-Pokal, but with the break, it was the right time to have his operation.

It’s still unclear what Barcelona will decide to do with Coutinho once he goes back after the Champions League is over. He’s been linked in recent weeks with a loan return to Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side, who are on the verge of clinching their first Premier League title in 30 years.

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