Coutinho 'will play as a central midfielder' by new boss Ronald Koeman

Coutinho will back to the Nou Camp next season as Barcelona rule out another loan move for the Brazilian.

The club manager Ronald Koeman wants to stay the attacking midfielder, who helped Bayern Munich smash his parent club 8-2 within the Champions League quarter-finals before happening to lift the trophy with the German side.
The Catalan giants will only consider selling Philippe Coutinho if a club offers a considerable fee to require him permanently, according to Marca.

However, given the financial ramifications of the COVID19, Barcelona are unlikely to receive a proposal which meets their demands.

Instead, Koeman plans to utilise the ex Liverpool man as a central midfielder next season, instead of playing him as winger like Ernesto Valverde had previously done.
Coutinho’s future had looked bleak at Barca as he struggled to impress since leaving Liverpool in 2018 for £145m.
Following a lacklustre debut season at the Nou Camp, Coutinho was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich.

Despite scoring for Bayern during their 8-2 thrashing of Barca – which led to Quique Setien being sacked – the German giants turned down the possibility to sign the 28-yr-old permanently for £108m.
The decision had left the door open for potential suitors to snaffle Philippe Coutinho, but the appointment of Koeman has now changed the Midfielder’s fate.

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