Coach Valverde Avoids Coutinho-To-Barca Talks Despite Speculation Deal Is Nearly Done

Coach Valverde Avoids Coutinho-To-Barca Talks Despite Speculation Deal Is Nearly Done

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is a big fan of Philippe Coutinho but he refused to be drawn into talking about the Liverpool star concerning speculations suggesting the Brazil international is on the verge of a move to Camp Nou.

Speaking at a media conference ahead of Sunday’s LaLiga clash with Levante, the Barca boss said: “Coutinho is a great player, like many other players, and what I always like to do is value the players I have.

“There is speculation about great players around the world but we have many great players and I like to focus on mine.

“What the Barca fans want, apart from good players, is a team that plays well and wins, but the important thing is to have a good match tomorrow.”

Coutinho was heavily linked in August, but Liverpool were able to hang onto their prize asset, Barca seemingly signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund instead.

However, the Catalan giants have reportedly renewed their interest in Coutinho now the transfer window has reopened.

Coutinho – who has 12 goals and eight assists in all competitions this season – missed Friday’s 2-1 FA Cup third-round victory over Everton with a thigh injury.

Jurgen Klopp was not keen to discuss a reported £140million transfer, and Valverde continues to be similarly disinterested in stoking the fire.

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