Philippe Coutinho’s agent has come out to state that the Brazil midfielder will not move to any other club but Liverpool if he is to return to the EPL.
The agent disclosed that his heart is still with the Reds.
Coutinho has been linked with transfers to Manchester United and Chelsea but Kia Joorabchian is of the opinion that Liverpool would be his only destination if he came back to England.
His words, “Manchester United is a great club, I have players there and I have all the respect for them, but as far as Philippe goes it would be an extremely difficult to a near-impossible move,”
“It would be very difficult for Philippe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has such a great affinity towards Liverpool. His time there was fantastic. His heart and affinity is very much with Liverpool.”
“Liverpool have built a tremendous squad, the manager has a great balance there and it’s probably one of the best run football clubs in the country,”
“So with the build-up they’ve done and the squad they have, [signing Coutinho] would really have to be something they would have to decide whether or not they feel there is now a gap in the squad for someone like Philippe.
“Obviously if he were to move back [to the Premier League], it would have to be Liverpool, but at the moment I think it would be difficult and it would be up to them.”
On Coutinho’s future, “I don’t know about those stories,”
“[Josep Maria] Bartomeu [the club president] was very clear with me, saying he doesn’t want the player to leave and he has a future there.
“They made a tremendous effort to bring him over, he is Barcelona’s most expensive signing in history and the second or third most expensive signing in the world.
“As things happen in football, sometimes players feel a bit uncomfortable about somewhere, sometimes it’s the clubs that just don’t quite fit. If that happens obviously we’ll decide what’s best for Philippe, but at the moment we’re being told that’s not happening, it’s fine.”