- Title: Bayern Munich sign Coutinho on loan from Barcelona
- Date: 19th August 2019
- Summary: MUNICH, GERMANY (AUGUST 19, 2019) (REUTERS) ***WARNING: CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF BAYERN MUNICH CEO, KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE, PRESENTING BAYERN JERSEY TO MIDFIELDER, PHILIPPE COUTINHO, ON LOAN TO BAYERN FROM BARCELONA, WITH SPORTING DIRECTOR, HASAN SALIHAMIDZIC MEDIA NEWS CONFERENCE WITH RUMMENIGGE, COUTINHO AND SALIHAMIDZIC (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) MIDFIELDER, PHILIPPE COUTINHO, SAYING: "Firstly, the Bayern jersey and all its history, and of course the number 10 which was (Arjen) Robben's number, who is so important to soccer globally and was for me too. So, I'm aware of the responsibility, but I hope to work hard and play well on the pitch and meet all the expectations coming from the club and from the fans too." CAMERAMAN FILMING COUTINHO SPEAKING (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) MIDFIELDER, PHILIPPE COUTINHO, SAYING: "Definitely, because of Bayern's importance and its history, it's a club that comes with a certain responsibility at every competition with expectations to win big titles each season, and obviously, the Champions (League) is among them. So, I'm here to work hard, learn and to give my all and do my best to help my team mates win important titles, the Bundesliga, Copa, and without a doubt, the Champions (League)." NEWS CONFERENCE COUTINHO'S WIFE, AINE COUTINHO, LISTENING (SOUNDBITE) (German) BAYERN CEO, KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE, SAYING: "We are very happy that we could achieve that transfer to Bayern Munich. Because I think that we gain in Philippe a player that is known for his excellent technique but also for his offensive spirit. And I am convinced that we will be able to add even more quality to our team, especially to our attack." MEDIA (SOUNDBITE) (German) SPORTING DIRECTOR, HASAN SALIHAMIDZIC, SAYING: "He will strengthen our team: But he will also bring that note, that spectacularity, to our game. And we are all looking forward to it." NEWS CONFERENCE BAYERN MUNICH PRESIDENT, ULI HOENESS, SITTING IN AUDIENCE (SOUNDBITE) (German) BAYERN CEO, KARL-HEINZ RUMMENIGGE, SAYING: "If I can say something about the loan: First of all, we are happy to have managed the transfer with Barcelona in a friendly and harmonic manner. 8.5 million is a mate's price, if I can call it that. Uli Hoeness and myself have known the people from Barcelona for some time, and I believe that there are only a few clubs that we have such good relations with. I also think that Barcelona did not want to prevent this transfer of Philippe who really wanted to come to Bayern. And so, fortunately, we could agree on a price that was favourable for Bayern." MEDIA VARIOUS OF PHILIPPE COUTINHO ON PITCH IN BAYERN KIT
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- Keywords: Bayern Munich Philippe Coutinho Karl-Heinz Rummenigge Barcelona
- Location: MUNICH, GERMANY
- City: MUNICH, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001ASVUG5B
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- Story Text: Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have signed Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on loan for the season, the two clubs confirmed on Monday (August 19).
Bayern will pay a loan fee of 8.5 million euros ($9.44 million dollars) and pay his wages. They have the option of making the deal permanent for a fee of 120 million euros.
Coutinho, who joined Barcelona in January last year for approximately 142 million pounds ($172.25 million dollars), was the third most expensive transfer in history but he failed to hit the same heights at the Camp Nou as he did with Liverpool.
"FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Philippe Coutinho to the German club for the 2019/20 season," Barcelona said in a statement.
"Barcelona would like to publicly thank Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication wishes him all the best in this new stage of his career."
Coutinho will wear the number 10 shirt previously worn by Dutchman Arjen Robben, who retired at the end of last season.
"We are very happy that we could achieve that transfer to Bayern Munich," Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
"And I am convinced that we will be able to add even more quality to our team, especially to our attack."
Bayern, who drew their first league game 2-2 with Hertha Berlin last weekend, play away at Schalke on Saturday (August 24).
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