Coutinho rules out transfer amid Arsenal, Chelsea links

Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho has played down talk of a move away from the club after being linked with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Coutinho spent five years in the Premier League with Liverpool between 2013 and 2018. He has one of the leading talents in English football during that time.

The Brazillian got 54 goals and 45 assists for the Reds from 201 appearances in all competitions. This led to his move to Barcelona in January 2018.

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He signed for the Spanish giants for an initial £105m, though the deal could have eventually risen to £142m.

Coutinho made 76 appearances for Barcelona in his first year and a half with the club. He won two La Liga titles, but he was criticised a lot by fans who demanded more from the attacker.

The 28-year-old spent the 2019/20 season on loan with Bayern Munich. He made 38 outings in all competitions as the German side completed the treble by winning the Bundesliga, the DFB-Pokal and the Champions League.

As his loan spell came to an end, it looked like his time at Barcelona would be over. But Ronald Koeman took over as boss this summer, and he has inserted Coutinho back into the team.

The midfielder has been involved in four goals from his eight appearances for Barcelona this term. Coutinho had been linked with Juventus, Chelsea and Arsenal prior to the start of the new season.

Coutinho told World Football, as cited by Football London, that he is focused on being successful at Barcelona:

“The Premier League is one of the most exciting leagues in the world. To have the chance to play there with a team like Liverpool will always be something I will feel grateful for.

“It is impossible to say what might or might not happen in the future. But what I know is that right now my only focus is on being successful with Barcelona.

“I won three trophies, including the Bundesliga and Champions League, so I don’t think it [his time at Bayern] can be anything other than a success.

“Winning the Champions League has always been a big ambition of mine and to win it with Bayern was a big thing. Now my ambition is to win it with Barcelona.

“I will always remember and be thankful for my time and success there, but I am back with Barcelona now and that is where my focus is.”

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