Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho accepts things didn’t work out well for him at Barcelona after sealing a loan move to Germany giants, Bayern Munich on Monday.
Countinho linked up with Barcelona in January 2018 scoring eight times in his first 18 league games for the club.
He however struggled to maintain that form last season and was widely criticised by the Barca fans.
Coutinho acknowledges things could have gone better in La Liga but insists he is excited to be joining the German champions.
“Concerning Barcelona, things didn’t work out the way we wanted,” Coutinho told reporters at his Bayern presentation.
“But that’s the past. This is a new club, a big club, an important club. I hope I’ll be here for a long time and win lots of titles.”
Despite the difficulties Coutinho had at Barca, he is adamant it was not all a negative experience – though he had no doubts about leaving for Bayern.
“Within those years I did have great experiences,” he said. “I learnt a lot, won a lot with that club and then we had the Copa America, which I won with Brazil and that was really important.
“Now I have a chance at a new club, a big club. I didn’t have any doubts when Hasan [Salihamidzic, Bayern sporting director] called me.
“He really wanted me to come here, so they flew to Barcelona, we met, they showed me the project and that’s why I really want to thank them, because from the first second [it was clear] how they see me. That was important for me to see.”
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