Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona manager Koeman will play Brazil star as central midfielder

Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona manager Koeman will play Brazil star as central midfielder

- Philippe Coutinho scored two goals against his parent club Barcelona while on loan

- The Brazilian helped Bayern Munich knock the Catalan giants out of the Champions League

- New Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman has given the player another chance in the squad

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Philippe Coutinho has been handed a second chance by Barcelona new boss Ronald Koeman and reports from Spain have it that the Brazilian will now play as a central midfielder for the club.

The forward who was on loan at Bayern Munich last season has ruled out another loan deal and he is poised to return to the Camp Nou side.

Koeman wants to retain the 28-year-old who scored two goals against Barcelona when the Bundesliga side walloped the Catalans 8-2 to knock them out of the Champions League.

It is however gathered that the Blaugrana will only sell the player if substantial amount is tendered as a bid for the 28-year-old.

Spanish outlet Marca is reporting that as a result of the pandemic, there is little or no chance that any club will come forward with a substantial figure for the player.

And now Koeman is left with no choice than to utilise the former Liverpool man as a central midfielder next season instead of playing him as winger like Ernesto Valverde had previously done.

Coutinho’s future had looked bleak at Barca as he struggled to impress since leaving Liverpool in 2018 for £145m.

Following a lacklustre debut season at the Nou Camp, Coutinho was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich.

Meanwhile, Lionel Messi is expected in training on Monday, September 7 according to latest reports from Spanish outlet Marca, after the Argentine had stayed away from the squad over his future.

The embattled playmaker had been at loggerheads with the club and even went on to hand them his transfer request.

Messi failed to report to training ahead of the new season, but after what was a ‘manic two weeks’, the player had decided to remain with the Blaugrana for another year.

Also, earlier reported that Chelsea are set for an exciting new 2020/21 season following a busy summer window that has seen the club complete five major signings.

Of all the top Premier League clubs, the Blues have been the most active in the transfer market, with the west London club now priding themselves with ridiculous strength in depth.

Chelsea's top hierarchy has backed Frank Lampard with a number of fresh legs including Timo Werner and Kai Havertz both who arrived from the Bundesliga.

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