Barcelona news: Nou Camp chief Guillermo Amor makes statement on Philippe Coutinho future | Football | Sport
The Brazil international has yet to justify his hefty price tag and has often found himself playing second fiddle to Ivan Rakitic.
Coutinho found first-team football hard to come by before the turn of the year, which prompted speculation over his future in the Catalan capital.
He has since turned things around, though, starting in all of Barca’s last five league games.
Coutinho’s contract with Barcelona expires in 2023, and Amor has insisted the club have every intention of letting him see out the remainder of his deal.
“At the beginning with Coutinho, we were happy and have always been happy,” Amor told Sport.
“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.”
Amor’s comments on Coutinho’s future echo those he made after it was reported that Manchester United had made an approach for the former Liverpool man.
It was reported that the Red Devils asked Barca if they’re willing to part company with the Brazilian, who they valued at £100million.
Express Sport, meanwhile, understands Chelsea have asked to be kept informed of Barcelona’s plans for Coutinho.
“Coutinho’s a player with a lot of experience, one of the best players in Europe and he is ready to play [for] five minutes or 90 minutes,” Amor said during an interview with Movistar. “He’s a player that thinks more about the team than himself and there are no doubts about him being one of the best players in the world.
“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.
Coutinho and his Barcelona team-mates will be back in action on Saturday afternoon, welcoming relegation-threatened Real Valladolid to the Nou Camp.
Manchester United, meanwhile, face Paris Saint-Germain this evening in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie.