Bayern Munich have not decided on signing Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho permanently, CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has said.
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 – according to a report Diario AS last week.
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.
“Philippe's a player with a lot of quality,” Rummenigge told kicker.
“He doesn't have the attitude of a star. He's a friendly person, popular around the club and we're really happy with the deal we managed to close.”
Coutinho has netted two goals and provided three assists in nine games for the Bavarian club, while the recent 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.