Philippe Coutinho's agent reveals the Brazilian's future at Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho's agent, Kia Joorabchian has revealed that Barcelona are set to keep the midfielder, with Ronald Koeman seeing him as part of his plans.
Joorabchian, whilst speaking with talkSPORT revealed that the day after Bayern Munich won the UEFA Champions League final, new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman called Coutinho to speak about his future at the club, with the manager claiming that he will be in his squad for the 2020/21 season.
Coutinho spent last season on loan at Bayern Munich, winning the treble at the club, even scoring a double against his parent club during the 8-2 thrashing of Barcelona in the Champions League.
Whilst Coutinho was expected to leave the Camp Nou permanently this summer after his two-year loan at Bayern Munich ended, with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Leicester City all being interested in his signature.
Koeman, who replaced Quique Setien as manager of Barcelona, told Coutinho that he will be used next season, which will be starting later on in September.
Joorabchian said that "Koeman called him right after Champions League victory with Bayern, the following day, and told him he's very much in his plans and would like him to return."
He added that "He was due to return on September 7 but actually he returned at the beginning of September because he didn't want to lose his momentum and fitness and he's been training with Barcelona."
"All signs point to the fact Barcelona have changed quite dramatically, the way their philosophy of how they wanted to move forward from last year and the players they've brought in, like Coutinho, Dembele and Griezmann they're all going to be part of the squad this year."
Coutinho was bought by Barcelona from Liverpool for an initial £105 million in 2018, which could rise to a staggering £142 million.