Former Super Eagles technical adviser, Berti Vogts, has criticised the decision of Philippe Coutinho to leave Barcelona for a season-long loan move to Bayern Munich.
Coutinho completed his loan move worth £8 million to Bayern Munich on Monday with an option to make the move permanent at the end of the 2019/20 campaign for £110 million.
But Vogts, who coached Nigeria between 2007 and 2008 wonders why a 27-year-old player will leave a club like Barcelona.
“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?”
“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.”
Coutinho joined Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018 for £142 million but failed to hold down a spot in the first team despite making a good start to his career with the Spanish giants.