Barcelona trust in their “bet” to buy Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool in January 2018, according to club president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
There were rumours that Manchester United and Chelsea – who are thought to be preparing for the potential departure of Eden Hazard – were interested in Coutinho’s services in January, with the Brazil international’s former club Liverpool linked too.
Reports have claimed this week that Paris Saint-Germain have now entered the race for the 26-year-old in a fresh twist to the transfer saga – but Bartomeu has again poured cold water on rumours that Coutinho will leave.
“The club has taken another path, with (Ousmane) Dembele and Coutinho, it was a bet that must be followed,” Bartomeu said.
“They are the two biggest investments in the history of the club in signings and we trust 100% in this bet.”