Coutinho unsure of his Barca future

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho says he is unsure where he will be playing next season as speculation continues to mount over his Barcelona future.The Brazil international had an underwhelming first full campaign at Camp Nou, contributing five LaLiga goals and two assists.Coutinho acknowledged earlier this week he needs to improve to justify his hefty price tag, with Barcelona paying a fee that could rise to £142 million to sign him from Liverpool in January 2018. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to be interested in the 27-year-old, but he is keeping his attention on helping Brazil to Copa America glory on home soil.”I do not know. The future, nobody knows,” Coutinho told reporters when asked if he will leave Barcelona.”I am focused to play with the national team now.”Coutinho scored twice in Brazil’s 3-0 win over Bolivia in their opening Copa America match, but he could not inspire his side in Tuesday’s 0-0 draw with Venezuela.The midfielder has admitted that he did not play as well as expected for Barcelona in 2018-19, saying last week: “I had a tough time on the field because I have not performed as expected, but football is like that and I’m working hard to improve.”As well as links to United and PSG, there has also been talk of a potential return to Liverpool.And Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes Coutinho would be welcomed back at Anfield with open arms if he wanted to return.“I wouldn’t say I would be actively going to get him, but if there was a possibility of bringing Coutinho back for decent money, and Barca wanted to cut their losses a little bit because it hasn’t worked out, then I’d do that,” he said last month.Meanwhile, Liverpool chairman Tom Werner believes the player likely regrets leaving Anfield in the first place.“We tried to convince him that we had the club moving in the right direction and that he could experience big Champions League occasions by staying at Liverpool,” he said. “I think he probably regrets his decision.”last_img

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