Coutinho set on Barcelona stay after convincing Catalans he can make the grade
Philippe Coutinho is now desperate to extend his stay at Barcelona after overcoming a rocky patch of form to show the Liga champions he has the talent to be a star at Camp Nou.
The Brazilian swapped Liverpool for Catalunya in January 2018 and made an initial good impression on the famously demanding Barca faithful with his performances in his debut season.
The 2018-19 campaign has been more irregular, however, with Coutinho struggling to reproduce his best form and falling in and out of the first team in rotation with Ousmane Dembele.
That lack of playing time had led to rumours that Barca would be willing to listen to offers in the coming transfer window, with the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain signalled as possible suitors.
But a recent upsurge in form ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semi-final first leg, ironically against his former club, has helped convince those in charge that his services should be retained for next season.
While just a few short weeks ago the priority among those in charge at Barcelona was to attempt to recoup most of the €135 million (£116m/$150m) spent on the ex-Liverpool man, those recent improvements have changed the panorama.