Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has said that he has no idea whether Philippe Coutinho would remain with the club beyond the current campaign.
The Brazil international joined the Bavarian giants on a season-long loan from Barcelona last summer and he has experienced a good spell with eight goals and six assists coming from his 22 league appearances.
Earlier last month, the attacker underwent an ankle surgery and it has been reported that he may not return to action until the second week of June due to the rehabilitation process.
Ahead of the Bundesliga restart, Flick admitted that he is unsure whether Bayern would keep hold of Coutinho next term but is hopeful that the 27-year-old will be involved for the club before the end of the campaign.
“I can’t say what will happen with him after the season. Philippe is a good guy and an excellent footballer. I really enjoy working with him. We hope he can be back with us again soon and play some games before the end of the season,” he told in a press conference as relayed by Goal.com.
Bayern agreed on an optional £102m buy clause for Coutinho last summer but BILD reported in January that they have no plans of triggering the option at the end of the season.
With the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, the German champions may not even be able to rethink on the decision ahead of the next transfer window.
Coutinho could still play a meaningful role for the club during the final weeks of the season, provided he does not suffer any setback in his recovery from the ankle operation.
Bayern are currently four points ahead of Borussia Dortmund at the top of the league standings. They are scheduled to face Union Berlin on the road in their first game following the suspension for the COVID-19 pandemic.
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