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.”
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