Playmaker Philippe Coutinho ‘would love to stay’ at Bayern Munich beyond his current one-season loan deal from Barcelona.
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 month.
“I feel very comfortable. I plan to stay here for a year and I am focusing on this moment. But if everything fits, I would love to stay,” Coutinho is cited as saying by Marca.
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.
Coutinho has netted three goals and provided three assists in 12 league games 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.