Manager Ernesto Valverde commented on the Premier League star and whether or not, he will ever actually make the switch to Camp Nou.
Barcelona has chased the Brazilian for more than six months now. And after being rejected three times by the Reds in the summer, the Catalans are again closing on signing the midfielder in the ongoing transfer window.
Coutinho has reportedly submitted his transfer request to the Liverpool management yet again. With Virgil van Dijk’s transfer and Nike’s suspicious announcement, the Brazilian is close to the Camp Nou than ever.
Valverde’s take on Coutinho:
Barcelona’s manager, Ernesto Valverde on the other hands does not want to talk about the player’s transfer status. “He plays on another team, he’s a good player and we do not know what will happen in the future, the ones that worry me most are the ones I have right now. I have nothing to say about Coutinho, we respect that he is in another club.” Said the manager in a press conference before the game against Celta Vigo.
19 – Philippe Coutinho has scored 19 Premier League goals from outside the box – one more than Robbie Fowler and second only to Steven Gerrard (33) among Liverpool players. Gifted.
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The manager was quick to express his happiness with the current squad as well. “I like the players I have in my team and if another one comes in the future, I’m sure he has to be a very good player, too.”
The Spanish tactician has changed the fortunes of the Catalans after a miserable summer. Barcelona is unbeaten in Spain and Europe so far. The league leaders are whopping 9 points ahead of second-placed Atletico Madrid. Valverde also guided his team to a 3-0 away El Clasico to move 14 ahead of arch-rivals Real Madrid.
Barcelona will take on Celta Vigo in a Round of 16 in Copa Del Rey on Thursday.
Ernesto Valverde has commented very sensibly on Coutinho’s transfer. The manager has maintained the professional attitude despite being close to finalizing the deal. But, he would definitely love to have someone like Philippe Coutinho is his squad. A player of his quality can make Barca’s already great season even better.
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