The German media outlet Bild reports that Bayern Munich winger may leave the club at the end of this season to Premier League.
During an interview to Bild, Douglas Costa confirmed that there are offers from various top clubs over Europe. The 26-year-old winger admits that he want to win titles with Bayern, but is also looking at his future options.
Since arriving at Bayern Munich in 2015, the Brazilian has played more than 60 matches for the club. But lately, he has been demoted to the bench by Carlos Ancelotti. Costa says that the minutes played is a major factor in deciding a player’s future. He has played just 14 games for Bayern this season in Bundesliga and has scored 3 and assisted 4 goals.
Speaking to Bild, he said: “It depends on a few factors, the main factor is the minutes played. Being a core player is a crucial difference in my career.”
“We got some strong offers from China and also from big clubs from Europe. When the season is over, we will sit down and analyse everything. First of all, I am only focused on ending the season with all the titles I can win.”
“It is not my idea to leave Bayern now. I want to win titles. I like Bayern and I think I can win titles with Bayern to reach the highest technical level of my career, to go for the Ballon d’Or, the Champions League, the Club World Cup.”
Costa continued “I want to win all sorts of titles and then the World Cup with the Brazilian national team. Then we will think about new markets.”
“I cannot comment on names, but there are contacts with teams from England, Spain and also France. But we respect Bayern. First, we want to get together with them and look at what they think of it, and then we make a decision.”
“I am still under contract with FC Bayern until 2020, I have three more years. Of course, football is a business. Bayern simply has to accept a bid and the others pay what they have to pay.”
“I think England is one of the biggest soccer leagues in the world – fantastic! Just like Spain’s La Liga also, with big players, big teams,” he said.
“The language is easier in Spain, but England also has great players. For me, it is the best league in the world.”
In response to this interview, Bayern Munich manager Carlos Ancelotti was asked about the player’s future at the club. The Italian told a news conference: “I didn’t read the interview, but I speak to him regularly, he is satisfied to be here. I have a direct relationship with the player. He’s happy to stay here, he is involved and that counts for me.”