Philippe Coutinho To Discuss Future At Barcelona Over The Weekend

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Following quite an impressive debut campaign at Camp Nou, it looks like Philippe Coutinho's future is pretty much up in the air with FC Barcelona.

The playmaker has mightily struggled to bet at his best during his first full season with the Blaugrana, and it doesn't look like Ernesto Valverde is really high on giving him more chances to prove his worth.

The 26-year-old completed one of the most expensive moves in soccer history when he left Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool to take a step forward on his career, and while he helped Barcelona win the double that very same season and will most likely finish on top of both La Liga and Copa del Rey, he's clearly not happy at all at Barcelona right now.

So, according to Spanish outlet Sport, it looks like he and his agent are scheduled to meet with several team officials to discuss his long-term future at Camp Nou after Barcelona face Manchester United for the second leg of the UEFA Champions League's quarter-finals.

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is allegedly willing to be patient with the Brazilian despite his major dip in form, but the playmaker is worried about losing his starting spot on his national team ahead of the Copa America.

However, reports claim Coutinho has quite a strong relationship with former teammate Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi as well, and that he would much rather stay put at Barcelona, even amid the rumors of several Premier League teams being interested in his services.

Still, with him often coming off the bench for Ernesto Valverde's team, he's not likely to be back to his former self, considering he's a guy that needs to be heavily involved in the team's offense to be at his best. This year, he's only scored 5 goals and 2 assists in 30 caps for the Blaugrana.