Philippe Coutinho transfer news: Barcelona backing Brazilian amid Manchester United & Chelsea talk
The Brazil international has seen his future called into question, with a return to the Premier League for the former Liverpool man being mooted
He had been a top target for some time and was considered to be quite a coup when lured from Anfield to Camp Nou.
Coutinho has, however, struggled to replicate his Premier League form in La Liga and has seen questions asked of his value as a result.
It has been suggested that an imminent return to England could be on the cards, with Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge mooted as possible destinations.
Barca, though, have the 26-year-old tied to a contract through to 2023 and will give him time in which to prove his worth.
Guillermo Amor, the club’s director of institutional and sporting relations, told Sport when quizzed on the speculation surrounding a talented playmaker: “At the beginning with Coutinho we were happy and have always been happy.
“We have to give him chances and he’ll take them. He’s always shown his quality. He takes risks, he tries.
“It feels as if everyone is watching what he does, the poor guy. But we believe he’ll carry on going forward.”
Coutinho enjoyed a promising end to the 2017-18 campaign, netting seven times in his last six appearances.
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He then went on to find the target on two occasions for Brazil at the World Cup finals in Russia.
A further three efforts have been registered in the Copa del Rey, with Barca still competing on multiple fronts and giving Coutinho as many chances as possible to play his way back into peak form.