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Coutinho: 'I hope I'll stay here for a long time'

By Rune Gjerulff

Philippe Coutinho talked about his ambitions and goals at Bayern München at his official presentation at the club.

Coutinho.
Coutinho.Photo: Granada, CC-by-SA 4.0
After Bayern München confirmed the signing of Coutinho on a season-long loan deal from FC Barcelona earlier today, the Brazilian international was officially presented at his new club.

Sitting next to Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic at a press conference, the former Liverpool player talked about what he hopes to achieve at his new club.

"A year and a half ago, I moved from England to Spain. I have learned a lot since then and have won many titles, most recently the Copa America. Now I had the chance to come to Bayern. It's a big club. They came to Barcelona and presented the project to me. I had confidence in it from the first moment. I'd like to thank [club president] Uli Hoeness, because the club put in a lot of effort so I could be here today," Coutinho told reporters and added:

"Of course, with the traditions at Bayern, the expectations are high, regardless of the competition. Together with my teammates, I will give everything to reach all the goals - winning the Bundesliga, the cup and the Champions League.

"The trust placed in me is very important. Things didn't go the way we wanted them to in Barcelona. But that's history now. I hope I'll stay here for a long time, and we'll win many titles," Coutinho said.

Bayern have the option to sign Coutinho permanently for €120 million, and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge won't exclude that the Bavarians could take advantage of the purchase option.

"It's not a cheap buying option. But we won't rule out that this could become a long-term partnership," the Bayern CEO said.

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