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Sunday, 13 January 2019

Barcelona Coach Ernesto Valverde Reacts To Coutinho Man Utd Links

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has insisted midfielder Phillipe Coutinho has a future at the club amid speculations he could join Manchester United.

The Brazil international has found it difficult to get into the starting XI over the past few weeks.

Coutinho hasn’t started a league match since early December and has only played 62 minutes of football since his last start.

The former Liverpool man’s recent stint on the bench has largely been down to a resurgence in form from Ousmane Dembele, who has scored nine goals and picked three assists in his last nine matches.

Reports suggest the 26-year-old could leave the Nou Camp and has been linked with a shock return to the English Premier League.

But Valverde has appeared to dismiss suggestions the Brazilian could leave Catalunya by hinting that he plans on playing him alongside Dembele in the near future.

“He and Dembele can play together, it is a possibility,” Valverde said.

“I try to play with balance.

“If I go through the games they played together, they did it in Milan or against PSV.”

Valverde has insisted Coutinho’s time on the bench isn’t the result of a rift with the midfielder, saying: “Over the season the games come thick and fast and in some games you aren't so lucky.

“Coutinho has played some great games with us and we hope he will continue to do so.

“I look more at what he does well, the same with Dembele or Arturo Vidal. It was a tough match the other day in which we lost, sure, but has to help us take a step forward.”

Barcelona will next be in action on Sunday afternoon when they welcome Eibar to the Nou Camp.

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