Man Utd dealt transfer blow in pursuit of Coutinho as Barcelona director insists flop will be given more time to prove himself

Man Utd dealt transfer blow in pursuit of Coutinho as Barcelona director insists flop will be given more time to prove himself

February 12, 2019 0 By Today news

BARCELONA have dented Manchester United’s hopes of landing £144million flop Philippe Coutinho.

Nou Camp director Guillermo Amor tipped the former Liverpool main man to stay and prove he is “one of the best players in the world”.

Barcelona are backing Philippe Coutinho, even though he has yet to fully reproduce his electric form for Liverpool since his £144m move
Barcelona are backing Philippe Coutinho, even though he has yet to fully reproduce his electric form for Liverpool since a £144m move to Spain
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United and Chelsea are thought to have asked Barca to keep them in touch about the 26-year-old, who has netted just four goals in 21 La Liga games this season.

But Amor, Barca‘s institutional and sporting relations chief, told the SPORT website: “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.”

Ex-Anfield hero Philippe Coutinho has hit eight goals in his 33 games for Barcelona but seven of his 21 La Liga appearances have come from the bench
Ex-Anfield hero Philippe Coutinho has hit eight goals in his 33 games for Barcelona but seven of his 21 La Liga appearances have come from the bench
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Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho was a huge hit at Liverpool and Barcelona say they still have faith in him as a world-class star
Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho was a huge hit at Liverpool and Barcelona say they still have faith in him to show he is one of the best in the world
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But Coutinho’s critics have ample stats to back up their doubts.

The Brazil playmaker has bagged just eight goals in 33 matches for Barca in all competitions this term – and has especially spluttered in la Liga.

Coutinho has been substituted in half of his 14 league starts.

Barcelona insist Philippe Coutinho is a team player who can be relied on to do his job even when he is a sub used only for a few minutes
Barcelona insist Philippe Coutinho is a team player who can be relied on to do a good job even when he is a sub used only for a few minutes
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And his other seven La Liga appearances have come from the bench.

He has never been taken off in his six Champions League games but has netted only once, the opener in a 4-2 Wembley win against Tottenham.

United reportedly value Coutinho at £100m and his Premier League record would surely suit the exciting, fluid style of Old Trafford boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

But, publicly at least, Amor is strongly backing the ex-Inter Milan playmaker to remain.

He told Movistar: “He’s a player that thinks more about the team than himself.

He’s always played well for Barca, he could play [every game] from the off.

“Barca signed him because he’s one of the best in the world and he’s going to give us a lot.”