Philippe Coutinho breaks silence on future amid Arsenal transfer links and Barcelona exit talk

Philippe Coutinho of Bayern Muenchen looks on during the Bundesliga match between SC Paderborn 07 and FC Bayern Muenchen at Benteler Arena on September 28, 2019 in Paderborn, Germany.

Philippe Coutinho has broken his silence on his future amid talk of him joining Arsenal from Barcelona.

The Brazil international has been linked with a move away from the Nou Camp after failing to impress.

Despite signing for a whopping £142m from Liverpool, the playmaker has flattered to deceive.

It saw his own fans boo him regularly, including one performance against his former side in the Champions League.

A loan move to Bayern Munich has seen him regain some form.

But the Bavarians will not be making his temporary transfer a permanent one and he looks set to return to Barcelona.

However, his future remains very much up in the air - despite the arrival of Ronald Koeman.

Arsenal had been strongly linked with a deal, with his agent Kia Joorabchian well-connected at the Emirates.

But Coutinho has insisted he has not thought about his future as Bayern prepare for the Champions League final.

He said: "My mind is fully focused on the competition. It’s a unique opportunity for us.
"I’m very happy to be in the Champions League final.

"On my future, I haven’t thought about it because I’m only thinking about the final."

Bayern Munich are set to take on Paris St-Germain in the final on Sunday night.

It comes after the Bavarian giants knocked out Coutinho's parent club 8-2 in the semi-final.

And to really rub salt into the wounds, the Brazilian came off the bench to grab an assist and score twice.

To make matters even worse, if Bayern win the Champions League it would mean Barcelona would have to pay Liverpool even more money.

That is because part of the agreement initially made in 2018 involved a clause that would see the Reds make an extra £4.4m if Coutinho won the competition.
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