Valverde: 'Of course I am counting on Coutinho'
- However, the boss also admits he doesn't know what is going to happen with the Brazilian.
- The midfielder didn't play against Napoli earlier on Thursday because of his match fitness, as the coach confirms.
- Coutinho was heavily linked with the Premier League but the recent reports now rule out this possibility.
ESPN quote the boss as saying: "Of course I am counting on him. We don't know what's going to happen, but he's with us."
Valverde also explains why Coutinho didn't feature against Napoli: "He didn't play today because, like Arthur and [Arturo] Vidal, they've only had two training sessions. The plan is the same. Bring them in little by little. We will see if on Saturday he can play some minutes."
The coach finishes up: "The idea is the same with him as everyone else. We count on him, of course."
Earlier on Wednesday, ESPN sources also reported that Coutinho will NOT move to the Premier League this summer. With the transfer window closing in the next 24 hours, none of the English clubs see the Brazilian as a possibility.
Previously, multiple reports claimed that Tottenham Hotspur were extremely close to sealing the deal, however, the negotiations were described as very complicated ones.
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