Barcelona owner Josep Maria Bartomeu is adamant that Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho won’t be departing the Nou Camp this summer transfer window in spite of rumoured interest from Manchester United and their league rivals Chelsea.
Coutinho joined Blaugrana from Liverpool for an eye-watering £142 million in January market last year but the 26-year-old star has not had the same kind of effect as he had throughout his time with Anfield outfit, resulting in speculation of a transfer away.
Josep, however, has made it clear Philippe is part of coach Ernesto Valverde’s plans – unless a club activates the midfielder’s exit clause, reported to be a staggering £355 million.
Speaking to a Spanish television station TVE, the chairman said: “Coutinho is an excellent player and he has the coach’s confidence.
“He has a contract with us and he will remain at the team, unless they (another club) meet his release clause.”