Philippe Coutinho bulked up in huge body transformation during last career slump

Philippe Coutinho bulked up in a huge body transformation that happened during his loan spell at Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.

The Brazilian international was sent on loan to Bayern for the 2019/2020 season as he struggled to find a place in the first-team plans at Barcelona.

It was a mixed spell at the Allianz Arena for Coutinho, who helped Bayern to win the treble of the Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League.

Despite those trophy wins, the former Liverpool star failed to stake a regular place in the team, under either Niko Kovac or his replacement Hansi Flick, with Bayern subsequently snubbing the chance to buy him.

There was another after-effect from his time in Germany, which was picked up on by his national team boss.

During the October international break of 2020, Tite revealed that Coutinho had undergone a huge body transformation.

According to the Brazil boss, Coutinho gained five kilograms in body weight, a transformation that he praised.

“There's a factor you have to bear in mind; Coutinho is a player who is very dedicated to the physical aspect,” Tite told Marca.

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“This is even more so after his spell at Bayern Munich, where he gained five kilograms in body weight, four kilos of which were muscle mass. He's improved a lot physically.”

Despite Tite’s praise, Coutinho was unable to earn a place in Barcelona’s first-team line-up under Ronald Koeman or Xavi.

That has led to him now moving to Aston Villa on loan, a deal that was confirmed on Tuesday, with boss Steven Gerrard excited to link up with the Brazilian.

“He is an outstanding footballer who boasts a highly impressive CV laced with plenty of elite honours,” Gerrard said.

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“I am really pleased that we have been able to bring him on board and I am looking forward to working with him.

“He is a player I enjoyed playing with previously and I know the rest of the squad here at Aston Villa will benefit from his quality and experience.”

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