Coutinho issues Bayern Munich statement as Barcelona status becomes clearer

Philippe Coutinho has said his goodbyes to Bayern Munich as he gets set for another crack at trying to make it with Barcelona.

The Brazilian was on hand to make Barca's damaging 8-2 defeat to Bayern even more humiliating when he came off the bench to score twice in last month's Champions League quarter-final thrashing.

He also came on as a substitute in the 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the final, ensuring that his stay in Bavaria ended with 38 appearances, 11 goals, and the treble of Bundesliga, DfB-Pokal and Champions League successes.

Coutinho took to Instagram to thank everyone at the club for his time there.

The former Liverpool man wrote: "I would like to thank all the fans, the staff and players for this season. It was truly an amazing year where I learnt so much and the final achievements with the treble unforgettable.

"Thank you and all the best! MIA SAN MIA!"

Bayern showed little interest in turning the 28-year-old's loan stay into a permanent deal during his time at the club, leading to more suggestions that he could be on the transfer market again this summer.

But as Coutinho returns to Barcelona, he does so with new boss Ronald Koeman set to give him a chance to impress.

With Ivan Rakitic having already departed for a move back to Sevilla, and both Luis Suarez and Arturo Vidal set to be ushered toward the exit door, Coutinho is set to take up a position as a squad option for Koeman in the Dutchman's opening weeks as manager.

Given the turmoil around Lionel Messi currently then the new boss is unlikely to let any more attacking talents leave at present, and Coutinho will see his return back to the Nou Camp as something of a fresh start.

Coutinho's status as one of the club's squad players could be further confirmed by Antoine Griezmann's inheritance of his old No.7 shirt.

The Frenchman has been keen on taking that number ever since he arrived in Catalonia, and Koeman is believed to have granted him his request.

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