Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho has informed potential suitors that he has no interest in leaving the Catalan giants this season.
Coutinho has struggled ever since joining Barcelona from Liverpool. He has failed to make the same sort of impact that he did at the Merseyside. As a result, the Brazilian has been linked with an exit, with clubs like Manchester United and PSG interested in his services.
However, he has admitted that his future lies with Barcelona and that he has no interest in moving back to England.
“This is my second season here. I have won titles but I am always an ambitious and demanding player. So, I want more and more. But I’m happy. I wanted to play in Spain and I’m at the best club in Spain.”
No return to England
Barcelona are set to play Manchester United – one of the teams linked with Coutinho – in the Champions League quarterfinals, but the Brazilian has insisted that he does not intend to head back to England any time soon.
“My head is exclusively in Barcelona. Returning to England now does not fit into my plans.”
Many felt Coutinho would be the long-term replacement for Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta when he signed from Liverpool for a club-record fee.
Drop in form
However, things have not quite gone according to plan. While he has made 28 appearances in LaLiga this season, he has managed just five goals. Coutinho has failed to link up successfully with the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
This has forced him down the pecking order of midfielders at the club. Moreover, Ousmane Dembele’s recent resurgence means he is guaranteed a starting berth ahead of Coutinho.
What does the future hold?
While Coutino insists he is happy at the club, it remains to be seen whether he changes his mind in the summer, especially if he doesn’t gain much first-team action from now until the end of the season.