Valverde Wants Coutinho To Fight For Barcelona Spot

Silvia Morton
January 14, 2019

Despite his disciplinary issues, Ousmane Dembele appears to have jumped ahead of the Brazil worldwide in the Barca pecking order.

Coutinho hasn't started any of Barcelona's last four La Liga games, playing a combined 62 minutes off the bench. "It would be different if we hadn't believed in him [and let him leave] and now we wanted to bring him back, but that's not the case". He has been warned he must knuckle down and fight for his place by boss Ernesto Valverde. earlier reported that Coutinho was on target in Barcelona's 2-1 defeat to Levante in the first leg of the round of 16 clash at the Estadio Ciudad de Valencia on Thursday night.

However, Coutinho is not prepared to quit a club he put so much effort into joining just yet.

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The 26-year-old joined the Catalans from Liverpool in January 2018 for a fee around £145 million but has failed to impress the coaches at Camp Nou.

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The AS report describes them as "toxic", suggesting that a recent report linking Willian, another Joorabchian client, to a swap deal with Barca's Malcom were likely at his behest.

Clauses inserted into his contract that potentially wouldn't be triggered could cost the Reds up to £22m.

Neymar has been back to Barcelona on a number of occasions since his €222m move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017 and has admitted he misses his friends Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

But Barca manager Valverde says the "world-class" Brazilian is unlikely to make an imminent return.

'Now Coutinho isn't playing and it's the other way around.

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