Philippe Coutinho ‘set for shock return to Barcelona first-team fold after new boss Ronald Koeman calls him to tell him he’s IN his plans’
- Philippe Coutinho enjoyed a glorious end to his loan spell at Bayern Munich
- He was a substitute as Bayern Munich beat PSG in the Champions League final
- It appeared Coutinho would be allowed to leave Barcelona under Quique Setien
- But new boss Ronald Koeman sees Coutinho as crucial to his plans next season
The Brazil international’s season-long loan spell at Bayern Munich came to a glorious end on Sunday night as the Bundesliga champions won their sixth European cup with a 1-0 victory against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League final in Lisbon.
However, the Germans insisted they would not attempt to purchase him and he appeared to be destined for a move back to the Premier League this summer with Quique Setien at the helm at the Nou Camp.
Philippe Coutinho is reportedly set to make a shock return to the first-team squad at Barcelona
Coutinho’s loan spell at Bayern Munich ended with him winning the Champions League
However, Dutchman Koeman has since replaced Setien and Mundo Deportivo claim that the former Netherlands and Everton boss called Coutinho on Monday morning to make it clear he is part of his plans for next season.
The report adds that after congratulating him on the Champions League final win, Koeman insisted that the former Liverpool star will see regular game time under him with the Catalan giants in 2020-21 and will have an important role to play.
The same outlet also reports that Koeman’s eagerness is being reciprocated by the 28-year-old Brazilian, whose contract at Barcelona runs until June 2023.
But new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman called him to tell him he is part of his plans next term
Coutinho’s future at Barcelona appeared bleak under previous manager Quique Setien
The report adds that Coutinho is willing to cut his holiday to Brazil to see members of his family short in order to return for the first day of training under Koeman, which is scheduled to start at the beginning of next week.
Coutinho is due an extended break having played as recently as Sunday, but is reportedly keen to return early to fight for a starting berth and become an important member of the Barcelona team.
The Brazilian is said to have a bitter taste in his mouth due to his exit from Barcelona last summer but now wants to make up for lost time under fresh management.
Coutinho scored twice for Bayern against his parent club in their quarter-final demolition
Coutinho scored twice for Bayern after coming on as a substitute in the 8-2 Champions League quarter-final demolition of his parent club earlier…