Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge reveals he received Arjen Robben's blessing to give the No 10 shirt to their newest signing Philippe Coutinho.
While unveiling the Brazilian on Monday, Rummenigge admitted that they didn't want to hand out the No 10 and No 7 shirts out of respect for Robben and Franck Ribery, who left the club earlier this summer.
However, after talking with the Dutchman, Rummenigge revealed that Robben graciously passed the torch as Coutinho completed his season-long loan move from Barcelona.
(L-R) Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Philippe Coutinho and Hasan Salihamidzic pose with the shirt
'We all talked to Robben and told him that he didn’t want to give away the No 10 and No 7,' Rummenigge explained in Coutinho's unveiling. 'But he wanted to the shirt to Coutinho and Robben accepted that.
'He said that jersey No 10 fits perfectly with Coutinho.'
Coutinho passed his medical with Bayern on Sunday before putting pen to paper on his loan contract, which runs until June 30, 2020.
Following the contract signing, the Brazil international said on his new club's official website: 'For me, this move means a new challenge in a new country with one of the best clubs in Europe. I'm very much looking forward to that.
Bayern didn't want to give out Arjen Robben's (L) No 10 and Franck Ribery's (R) No 7 shirts
Rummenigge reveals he received Robben's blessing to give new boy Coutinho the No 10 shirt
'Like Bayern, I have big ambitions and I'm convinced that I can achieve them together with my new teammates.'
Coutinho joined Barca from Liverpool in January 2018 in a £142m deal but has struggled to reproduce the kind of form he showed for the Reds.
The 27-year-old's future has been the subject of intense speculation throughout the summer, during which Barca signed Antoine Griezmann, and he was not part of the matchday squad for their first game of the season, last Friday's 1-0 LaLiga loss to Athletic Bilbao.
Coutinho has scored 21 goals in 75 games in all competitions for Barcelona and produced 11 assists. He has won LaLiga twice and the Copa del Rey during his time with the Nou Camp outfit.
Coutinho waves to the crowd at the Allianz Arena after completing his loan move on Monday
Bayern had announced on Friday evening that a deal 'in principle' to sign Coutinho had been agreed, with Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic having been in Barcelona that week.
Rummenigge said on Monday: 'We've been working on bringing in Philippe Coutinho for quite some time and we're very happy that we've been able to complete this transfer.
'Our thanks go to Barcelona for agreeing to the transfer. With his creativity and outstanding skills, Philippe is a player who will immediately strengthen our attack.'
Salihamidzic said: 'Philippe made it very clear to us during the negotiations in Barcelona that he absolutely wanted to move to Bayern.
Coutinho poses with his wife Aine following his press conference at the Allianz Arena
Coutinho put pen to paper on his loan contract, which runs until June 30, 2020
'He's a world-class player with great ability, who we can deploy in a number of positions in our forward line, so the Bayern squad has gained even more quality.
'Philippe Coutinho will help us achieve the ambitious targets we've set for this season.'
Barca said in a statement: 'Barcelona would like to thank to publicly thank Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication (and) wishes him all the best in this new stage of his career.