Bartomeu on Coutinho: 'He will remain unless they meet his release clause'
- The boss opens up on the Brazilian's future in light of the exit rumours and Neymar's potential return.
- Apparently, the 26-year-old is still supported by the Blaugrana board despite his recent struggles.
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu lifts the lid on Philippe Coutinho's future amidst rumours of Neymar's potential return and the midfielder's anticipated exit following his staggering dip in form. Nevertheless, it seems that the former Liverpool man isn't going to be put on sale.
Marca quote the boss as saying: "It's not possible for Neymar to come to Barcelona as we have another sporting project with Dembele and Coutinho. Coutinho is an excellent player and he has the coach's confidence. He has contract with us and he will remain at the team, unless they meet his release clause."
Coutinho has only managed to score ten goals since the start of the 2018/2019 campaign. Barcelona paid £142million to secure his services in January 2018, however, they could reportedly look forward to offloading him this summer for the same fee. Paris Saint-Germain are allegedly the only club who could afford such a huge sum.