Barcelona president provides update on Philippe Coutinho’s future

Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has long been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp, however, club president Josep Maria Bartomeu has ruled out the possibility of his departure. The Brazilian, who moved to Barcelona last January form Liverpool, has been a transfer target for another Premier League club, Manchester United. Coutinho joined the club as a possible replacement for Andres Iniesta, however, has failed to impress. He has made just 68 appearances for the Catalan giants, has scored 20 goals and provided  11 assists. His lack of game time has caused the speculations, that the Brazilian will leave the club. However, Bartomeu insists, Coutinho will stay. "Coutinho is a great player, excellent, and he's getting better and better," Bartomeu told TVE. "It's not easy to play at Barca, he was here for six months last season and he has the confidence of the coach, he's a global player and we expect a lot from him. He will continue at Barca, it's different and Barca needs different players." Last summer, it has been rumoured, that Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann will leave Spanish capital for Barcelona, however, during the World Cup 2018, the France international announced, that he will remain at Atletico. This year,  speculations about Grizemann's possible move to Barcelona continued. Bartomeu also played down any proposed interest in Atletico Madrid star:  "[Griezmann] is an Atletico Madrid player and he has a contract [with them]. If Griezmann wanted to come, he would have to talk to the coaches, but his name is not on the table. There is a lot of speculation in the press, but Griezmann is not on the table and he has not called Barcelona."

Source-The Mirror

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