Philippe Coutinho recently completed a season-long loan move to Bayern Munich from Barcelona and it appears he has already cast the Catalans out of his mind.
The Brazilian, in his first interview with the Bavarians, stated that he wants to stay at the German club for a long time and win many titles.
Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool in a club-record move in January 2018. However, he struggled to replicate the form he had shown at Liverpool and faded away badly at the Camp Nou.
His struggles meant manager Ernesto Valverde was forced to exclude him from his plans for the upcoming season. Moreover, the arrivals of Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong meant Coutinho was no longer guaranteed any playing time.
Philippe Coutinho happy to leave Barcelona; eager to remain at Bayern for many seasons
As a result, he was linked with a whole host of clubs this summer. However, it was Bayern Munich who ended up landing his signature and Coutinho expressed his delight at signing for one of the biggest clubs in the world.
“I have a big challenge here. I hope to stay here for a long time and win many titles. There are always big expectations at Bayern. Of course the Champions League is a goal and I will do my best to win the Bundesliga, the cup (DFB-Pokal) and the Champions League with my colleagues.”
Coutinho also revealed that he has only heard good things about the club and plans to give his all to endear himself to the fans and help Bayern to greater heights.
“I was presented with an ambitious project. I’m an ambitious guy, and I talked to Thiago, Rafinha and Lucio. I’ve heard a lot of good things, they really helped me a lot.”
Coutinho handed No. 10 jersey
“I’m hardworking and ambitious. Every time I wear the Bayern jersey, I’ll do the best I can on the field to reach our goals.”
The former Liverpool midfielder has been handed the prestigious No. 10 jersey which was last worn by club legend Arjen Robben.
Robben recently announced his retirement following 10 hugely successful seasons with Bayern so Coutinho will be stepping into some huge shoes.