Thursday, 3 August 2017

Owen: Coutinho Will Not Leave Liverpool

Micheal Owen firmly believes Philippe Coutinho leaving Liverpool for Barcelona this summer is unlikely.

Liverpool already rejected an offer from Barcelona for the Brazilian, rejecting a £72 million bid.

However However the impending sale of Neymar for a world record fee of €222 million has increased talks of Coutinho’s sale.

“The news going around Spain is obviously fuel to the fire if the Neymar deal goes ahead – the speculation becomes intensive [regarding a] Coutinho move,” the former Liverpool striker told Press Association Sport.

“But he was happy enough a short while ago to sign a long-term deal and since then the club have qualified for the Champions League and strengthened the team.

“I think they played a really good move in signing him to a long contract because if the worst came they would get a lot of money for him, but I don’t see it happening.

“Other than Coutinho not being happy I can’t see how there is going to be a deal. It’s inevitable that a lot of good players want to ply their trade in Spain but the situation with the length of contract has to count for something.”

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