Philippe Coutinho brought his underwhelming time at Barcelona to an end after completing a season-long loan move worth £8 million to Bayern Munich on Monday but former technical adviser of Super Eagles, Berti Vogts, has expressed his doubts on the Brazilian midfielder.
The 27-year-old Brazil international had joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for £142 million but failed to hold down a spot either in the first team or in the Camp Nou crowd’s favour despite making a good start to his career with the Spanish giants.
Having now joined the Bundesliga giants who have an option to make the move permanent at the end of the 2019/20 campaign for £110 million, Vogts, who managed the Nigeria national team for a year between 2007 and 2008, does not believe it was a wise decision by Bayern to sign Coutinho.
“At first glance, the loan from Coutinho is a great signing for the Bundesliga,” Vogts said in a column on German publication, T Online. “But I want to ask a question: Why is a 27-year-old leaving a world club like FC Barcelona?”
Vogts added: “Because [Coutinho] has given up the hope to prevail [at Barcelona]. Maybe he’s not a world star, but a player who – probably in the new season – would be a substitute for FC Barcelona.”
Along with Coutinho, Bayern also sealed the deal to sign Mickael Cuisance a day earlier from Bundesliga rivals, Borussia Monchengladbach and the former Super Eagles boss also questioned the wisdom of that move by the Bavarians.
“I have not been able to form a conclusive judgment on Cuisance. His great talent is evident, but that’s not all in football. On the other hand, his behavior bothers me,” Vogts said.
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He continued: “According to (Borussia Monchengladbach) sports director Max Eberl, he internally demanded a guarantee of a regular place, as if there could be something like this for 20-year-olds at an ambitious Bundesliga club.”
The 72-year-old added: “And then he moves to Bayern Munich, where his chances of action are likely to be even lower. In a nutshell, there are doubts in Bayern’s two transfers, but the quality that already exists makes them title favourites.”
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