Philippe Coutinho breaks silence about his future amid reported Man United interest
FC Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho speaks out about his future amid Manchester United speculation
Philippe Coutinho has refused to rule out leaving FC Barcelona amid speculation linking the Brazilian with a move to Manchester United.
The former Liverpool FC playmaker has endured a difficult 14 months at the Camp Nou following his £142m move to FC Barcelona in the 2018 January transfer window.
Coutinho has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot in the FC Barcelona team despite having established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players.
The 26-year-old scored just his 19th goal for the Catalan side in 62 appearances in all competitions in FC Barcelona’s 5-1 victory over Lyon in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
Coutinho has been linked with a potential return to the Premier League over the past few months following his difficult spell at Camp Nou.
Worryingly for Liverpool FC supporters, The Brazil international has been touted as a target for Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The former Inter Milan winger would certainly taint his Liverpool FC legacy if Coutinho opted to return to the Premier League with their bitter rivals.
Coutinho didn’t rule out the possibility of a summer departure when asked about his future after FC Barcelona’s landslide win over Lyon.
“In the last few weeks, months even, I’ve not been playing well but I still want to improve,” Coutinho told Spanish TV station Movistar+.
“I came to Barcelona to give my best. I live for the moment. You never know what the future holds.
“I am happy with my performance (against Lyon).”
Liverpool FC signed Coutinho in a £8.5m deal from Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.
The Brazilian netted 54 times in 201 games during his four-season spell at Liverpool FC.