Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admitted that he is unsure of Philippe Coutinho’s future at the club.
The Brazilian – who was snapped by the Spanish giants for €142 million – is at the end of a poor season and has been linked to a move out of the Catalan club. It is believed that Barcelona are still interested in signing Neymar and Coutinho’s potential departure could be key.
Tottenham and Arsenal were among the favourites to land the former Liverpool man on loan on deadline day. But a return to the Premier League now seems unlikely for the 27-year-old.
Valverde admitted that he is unsure of the player’s future but will continue to work with the team as long as he is a Barcelona player.
“We do not know what will happen, but Philippe is a player who is with us,” he told a news conference after Barca’s 2-1 friendly win over Napoli on Wednesday.
“He has not played but the plan we have with him is the same. We’ll see if he plays a few minutes on Saturday.
“But he is a player who is with us and we have him, of course. He is with us and we think he will continue with us.
“In all these transfer windows there is talk of many things.”
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