Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Perisic, and Alvaro Odriozola all had loan contracts at Bayern Munich that would have expired at the end of June, but the trio of players all have received two-month extensions to ensure that they’ll finish the season with the club. Odriozola will likely go right back to Real Madrid, but the future of both of Coutinho (on loan from Barcelona) and Perisic (on loan from Inter Milan) is not 100% certain at this point in time.
Per kicker, it was Hansi Flick who requested the extensions for the trio of players so that they could be involved in the DFB-Pokal final and the rest of Bayern’s Champions League campaign. Bayern’s front office duly fulfilled his request, despite the fact that all three players have varying standing with the club. Perisic is primarily a bit part player often coming on as a sub, Coutinho is still rehabbing an ankle injury, and Odriozola has hardly featured at all. Even if there aren’t many minutes between the three of them in the remainder of the season, Flick will need all the depth he can get as Bayern pushes for the treble.
Flick was also pleased that all three players truly wanted to stay and finish the season with Bayern. “It makes me extremely happy and shows that this team is something really special,” Flick said.
This Bayern team really is something special right now and they’re currently odds-on favorites to win the Champions League, even with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.