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Philippe Coutinho’s agent has an update on his Barcelona future

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:30, 4 July 2019

Barcelona have no intention of selling Philippe Coutinho this summer, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian.

The 27-year-old Brazilian playmaker joined Barça in January 2018 but has often struggled to hold down a regular starting berth.

Coutinho, who enjoyed a period of individual success at Liverpool, subsequently became one of the most expensive footballers of all time when he swapped Anfield for Catalunya.

A string of lacklustre performances has seen much of the Camp Nou faithful turn on him, leading to heavy speculation regarding his long-term future at the club. Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain have been among those allegedly interested.

And with Barcelona reportedly keen to bring Neymar back, Coutinho is being tipped to make way, but any suggestion of him not representing the Spanish champions next season has been refuted by his adviser Joorabchian.

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“I talked a few days ago with Pep Segura at Barcelona,” he told RMC Sport.

“He told me that the club does not want to sell Coutinho this summer, no matter what. And then, we have not had any contact with PSG.”

Coutinho’s future: Five key things to know…

  • Coutinho made 201 appearances for Liverpool, registering 54 goals and 45 assists.
  • He then joined Barca in January 2018 for a reported £105m.
  • The Brazil international has since played 76 times, notching 21 goals and 11 assists.
  • During the 2018/19 season, Coutinho was occasionally jeered by Barça supporters.
  • His present deal at the Camp Nou expires in June 2023.