However, the arrival of Koeman has changed things, with the Dutch tactician valuing Coutinho.
Koeman called Coutinho this morning to congratulate him on his Champions League success and tell him that he is in Barcelona’s plans for next season.
Coutinho will now fly to Brazil for a vacation before returning to Barcelona for preseason, possibly next Monday.
He has a ‘bitter taste’ from his loan exit from last summer and wants to vindicate himself.
However, it’s clear that he still has much to offer and will be part of Ronald Koeman’s new-look Barca side next season.