Mercato | Mercato – Barcelona: The Coutinho soap opera takes a huge turn behind the scenes!

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Posted on November 9, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. by Bernard Colas updated on November 9, 2021 at 2:32 p.m.

While Joan Laporta and Xavi would like to part ways this winter, Philippe Coutinho would also be in the crosshairs of his teammates at FC Barcelona, ​​mainly due to his attitude during the game against Celta Vigo on Saturday.

Since his arrival in January 2018, Philippe Coutinho has had great difficulties at FC Barcelona , and her situation does not improve over the months. Pushed towards the exit during the last summer transfer window to allow the club to replenish its funds, the attacking midfielder remained with the Blaugrana, benefiting in particular from the support of Ronald Koeman , one of his only supports within a club which hopes to turn the page as quickly as possible. The situation of Philippe Coutinho will therefore not improve with the arrival of Xavi , who has clearly indicated that he will not give any gifts to the players in order to relaunch a FC Barcelona convalescent, and his behavior during the meeting against Celta Vigo on Saturday will clearly not help anything.

Barça's dressing room is said to have had enough of Coutinho

Left on the sidelines at the start of the match against Celta Vigo (3-3) by Sergi Barjuan , Philippe Coutinho came out negatively when his entry into the game was considered by the interim coach. Called by Sergi Barjuan to replace Ansu Fati at halftime, Philippe Coutinho displayed a nonchalant attitude which forced the coach to review his shots finally favoring the entry of Alejandro Baldé . Internally, this episode did not go unnoticed as Catalan media Esport3 announced that the 29-year-old attacking midfielder would be in the crosshairs of his teammates. The Barça locker roomwould start to get fed up with Philippe Coutinho ’s lazy attitude, which could cause his departure. As indicated by Sport this weekend, Joan Laporta hopes to quickly separate from the player, a departure that could even condition the winter recruitment of FC Barcelona, ​​ who always needs to recover financially. An operation that should not be blocked by Xavi , who would also have placed Coutinho on the list of players he wants to part with this winter, according to journalist José Alvarez .

Coutinho defends himself

For his part, Philippe Coutinho leaves nothing to show and positively welcomed the arrival of Xavi on the sidelines: “Xavi was a great player and he is an idol of the club, which is back with us. I hope he will have a lot of success with the group that we have ”, he indicated on Monday at a press conference, before revealing to journalists that he had discussed with Xavi in Qatar in Last spring: “We had a chat and I know what a great man he is, I'm sure he will do a great job in Barcelona”. Moreover, Philippe Coutinho clearly responded to his detractors after the information disclosed against him concerns his behavior on the lawn of Celta Vigo : ” I was a little surprised when I got home and saw some news. In my career there has never been a lack of professionalism, you can look everywhere I went. I've always respected everyone, my teammates, the staff, everyone I've worked with. I admit that I was a little surprised when I heard this. But it's okay, I respect the opinion of all journalists. “

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