Arsenal transfer target Philippe Coutinho speaks out on his future after winning Champions League

Philippe Coutinho of FC Bayern Munich celebrates with his winners medal following victory in the UEFA Champions League Final match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica on August 23, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Coutinho is set to move on (Picture: UEFA via Getty)

Philippe Coutinho admitted he’s ‘not sure’ if his future lies at Barcelona after ending his loan spell with Bayern Munich by winning the Champions League.

Coutinho came off the bench in Bayern’s 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in Sunday’s final but the Bundesliga giants have decided against signing him on a permanent basis.

His parent club Barcelona look set for a fire sale this summer and Coutinho is not expected to remain at the Camp Nou.

The former Liverpool playmaker has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with Arsenal credited with interest in signing him.

But Coutinho remained coy on his plans beyond this season but is determined to have a ‘great year’ after several frustrating seasons since leaving Anfield.

‘I haven’t thought,’ Coutinho said on his future after the Champions League final.

Barcelona's new Dutch coach Ronald Koeman speaks during his official presentation at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on August 19, 2020. Crisis-hit Barcelona hailed the ''return of a legend'' as the Spanish giants today officially named Ronald Koeman as their new coach until 2022.
Koeman is set to sell many of Barcelona’s top stars (Picture: Urbanandsport/NurPhoto via Getty)

‘Now I have to go back to Barcelona – I want to work hard to have a great year.

‘I don’t know if it will be there [Barcelona] but I want to work hard.’

Coutinho is not the only Barcelona player with an uncertain future this summer.

New boss Ronald Koeman has reportedly told Luis Suarez, Sergio Busquets and Jordi Alba that he wants them to leave.

Even Lionel Messi’s future is uncertain after the humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern in the Champions League this season, although his great rival Cristiano Ronaldo suspects he will stay.

‘It’s very unlikely that he’ll be able to leave Barcelona at the moment, especially when there’s a crisis of results,’ Juventus forward Ronaldo said at a webinar hosted by Santander.

‘Messi is a reference for the team and, if I were Barcelona, I wouldn’t let him leave in any situation.

‘He has a great and strong relationship with the club and I don’t think he’ll stop being in love with the team.’

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