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Coutinho future at Barcelona unclear as new coach Koeman set to overhaul the team at Camp Nou

Ronald Koeman refused to be drawn over the future of Philippe Coutinho but did reveal Frenkie de Jong will be key to a new-look Barcelona.

Coutinho remains the LaLiga club’s record signing but has struggled to live up to expectations following his big-money move from Liverpool, leading to him going on loan to Bayern Munich.

That season-long deal came back to haunt Barca in the Champions League, however, as the Brazilian scored Bayern’s final two goals in the 8-2 quarter-final rout that led to the sacking of Quique Setien.

Koeman was confirmed in the job on Wednesday, the Dutchman handed the difficult task of overseeing a major overhaul at Camp Nou.

As it stands, Coutinho is set to return ahead of the 2020-21 season and while heavily linked with a move to Arsenal, the 28-year-old could still be part of the new coach’s plans.

“He is a Barcelona player and if decisions have to be made, we will make them,” Koeman said at a press conference when asked about Coutinho.

“Now I have more time to get to know the young people out there. It is a time to give young people possibilities. We have no doubts about putting young people in when they deserve it.

“You have to have a balance between experience and youth. We have to play with more intensity.”

This post originally appeared at Soccernews

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