Barcelona rule out Philippe Coutinho return

Barcelona have ruled out Philippe Coutinho – currently on loan at Bayern Munich – playing for the club again, report Diario AS.

The Brazilian has made a quick start to life in the Bundesliga after joining the German champions late in the summer transfer window, but will reportedly not return to the Camp Nou regardless of this season.

Bayern have an option to buy the Brazil international for €120m at the end of the campaign but even if they do not take up this option, the Blaugrana will look to sell the playmaker elsewhere next summer.

Coutinho has netted two goals and provided three assists in eight games for the Bavarian club, while the report stresses the good relations between the two clubs which could help smooth a permanent move in 2020.

However, should the move not come to fruition it is claimed that Barcelona are confident they will be able to sell the player on a permanent basis to an English club.

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