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Barcelona: Coutinho's future remains undecided, admits agent

Bayern Munich have the option to buy Philippe Coutinho for 120 million euros, and while such a deal looks unlikely in the current climate, his agent says nothing is decided.

Coutinho's future still undecided, agent acknowledges

Where Philippe Coutinho will be next season remains up in the air with the Brazilian playmaker's loan at Bayern Munich nearing completion.

Coutinho's struggles since leaving Liverpool 

Coutinho joined Bayern on loan with the option to buy from Barcelona last August after an underwhelming first full season at Camp Nou, having previously starred for Liverpool. While the attacking midfielder has not been a failure by any stretch of the imagination, scoring eight goals and setting up another six in 22 Bundesliga matches, Bayern are reported to have turned their attention towards other targets instead of triggering their 120 million euro purchase option.

Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and Manchester City's Leroy Sané are said to be priorities on Bayern's agenda, with both significantly younger than the Brazilian and also German. Reports in Spain claim Bayern are looking to extend Coutinho's loan to at least cover the remainder of the season, instead of losing him at the end of June, but beyond that, the player's agent agent Kia Joorabchian accepts little has been decided even if he would be happy to remain in Munich.

"I can say that Philippe is very happy in Munich," Joorabchian told Sport1. "He likes the club and its high level of professionalism. The most important thing for him now is to focus on a quick recovery [from an ankle injury] so that he can help his team back on the pitch as soon as possible. Then we'll see how things develop. No decision has yet been made regarding his future. As I have said many times in uncertain times like this, we are not currently talking about any transfers or future plans and have not discussed them yet."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Coutinho sits out Bayern's first game back

Coutinho was unable to feature in Sunday's 0-2 away win at Union Berlin as the Bundesliga resumed. He is expected to make his return from injury soon, with Bayern initially stating he was to begin his recovery work on 8 May.