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Philippe Coutinho returns to Barca from Bayern

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Bayern Munich formally bid farewell to Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Wednesday after his year – long loan deal from Barcelona expired with the newly -crowned European champions declining , as expected , to sign him permanently.
“ With his creativity and excellent technique , he livened up our game in this triple- winning season , ” said Bayern chairman Karl – Heinz Rummenigge, who made it clear last month they would not bring Coutinho to Munich permanently .
The 28 – year – old rebooted his career in Bavaria after a frustrating period in Barcelona following his high – profile transfer from Liverpool in 2018 .
Coutinho netted 11 goals , creating nine more , in 38 games for Bayern , including scoring twice in the 8- 2 mauling the Germans handed his club Barcelona in the jaw- dropping Champions League quarter- final .
He also came on as a second – half replacement in Bayern ’ s 1 – 0 win over Paris Saint- Germain in the Lisbon final .
Coutinho struggled to make the starting side in Munich once Bayern head coach Hansi Flick replaced Niko Kovac last November , preferring Thomas Mueller in the attacking midfield role at the Brazilian ’ s expense .
Having paid 8. 5 million euros ( $10 million ) to have Coutinho on loan , Bayern opted not to use the buy option of 120 million euros.
“ Making any further investments of this magnitude in these difficult economic times… are also difficult for us , ” Rummenigge said in mid- August.
However , Coutinho seems to have a future in Barcelona as new head coach Ronald Koeman reportedly phoned him on Monday to assure the Brazilian he is part of his planning for the coming season .

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Valverde completed a perfect 24-pass move with a goal

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In the sixth minute of play, Real Madrid kept possession wonderfully well, showing a great deal of patience in their pursuit of an opening goal and it was their best move of the season.

Karim Benzema laid on an inch-perfect pass to the onrushing South American, who would then place a fine side-footed shot past Neto in the Barcelona goal. The move itself passed through all areas of the pitch, but it was Toni Kroos who unlocked the defence as Sergio Ramos dealt with forward pressure from Lionel Messi.

Ramos laid the ball to Nacho, who fired the ball to Benzema who then made the decisive assist, with the French forward showing remarkable vision to see Valverde’s run.

With this goal, the Uruguayan is now Los Blancos’ second highest scorer this term with two goals, and is already showing a greater aptitude for getting forward and contributing than he did in his debut campaign.

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Ben White to Liverpool transfer rumour addressed by Brighton boss Graham Potter

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White, 23, has reportedly emerged as a target for the Reds after Virgil van Dijk was ruled out for a lengthy period with an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

With Joe Gomez and Joel Matip the only remaining senior centre-backs, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is believed to be drawing up a list of targets for the January window.

White is believed to be one of the priority targets, though he signed a new four-year deal with the Seagulls last month and Potter insists he has “no concerns” about the Englishman.

“I think it is a bit like it was at the start of the season. All sorts of talk about him doing this, him doing that, and it is generated by outside, by outside of our control really,” the Brighton boss said ahead of Monday’s clash with West Brom.

“It is part of the football noise. The transfer window closed last week and we are already having conversations around transfer speculation. It’s just the way it is.

“I know he is level-headed enough to not let it affect him. I think at this level you have to know it is part of the territory.

“It is part of the job of being a footballer, while it’s part of what you have to deal with. Consistently all he has done is get on with his football.

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Ansu Fati becomes second youngest scorer in El Clasico history

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Ansu Fati continues on his inexorable path to glory. In his first Clásico, the young striker finished off a lovely move with aplomb in just the 8th minute, levelling the game after an early Valverde strike. In doing so, he became the second youngest goalscorer in the famous fixture and also goes down in the record books as the player who scored Barcelona’s 400th goal against Real Madrid.

Ansu Fati adds Clásico to milestones
There has been no player doing what he is doing at such a young age in LaLiga since the 1930s. With one week to go before his 18th birthday, Fati has already equalled the numbers of the legendary Basque striker, José Irragorri, who scored eleven goals for Athletic Bilbao before turning 18 in 1930. Almost one hundred years later, Fati is making his own name as a teenager. As Mister Chip reminds us, at the age of 17 years and 358 days, his goal on Saturday at the Camp Nou just three days behind Alfonso Navarro who scored in El Clásico back on 30 March 1947.

The Spanish international is already the youngest striker to score in the Champions League and the youngest in the history of FC Barcelona to score in LaLiga, just adding to the milestones.

The 400th And he also enters the history of the Classics by scoring the 400th Blaugrana goal in the fixture. Ever since the first goal was scored by the German Udo Steinberg in 1902, the list of centennial goal scorers against Real Madrid has been as follows: César Rodriguez (100), Bernd Schuster (200) and Luis Enrique (300).

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