Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has insisted in an interview with the Daily Mail that he is not thinking about joining another club in the future.
What’s the word?
The Brazilian recently penned a new long-term contract at Liverpool, but rumours that he could one day be lured by the glimmer of Barcelona continue to rumble.
Coutinho was heavily linked with a switch to the Camp Nou before he agreed fresh terms at Anfield, and even Barca players, including Gerard Pique talked up a potential swoop for the playmaker.
At the moment, though, the 24-year-old has committed possibly his best years to Liverpool, and while speaking to the Daily Mail, he claimed that a move to the lucrative Chinese Super League has never entered his mind.
“China, no. I am not interested. I don’t think about that, not for one moment. My football is here. My heart is here. I don’t think about any other club. Not at all.”
Should we take this with a pinch of salt?
Unfortunately in the modern game, there tends to be a lack of loyalty.
Let’s for example take Luis Suarez, who signed a long-term contract with Liverpool seven months before he joined Barcelona in the summer of 2014.
Of course, it could be argued that the striker had been trying to orchestrate a move away from Anfield for some time as he was unhappy with the British media’s treatment of him.
Despite Coutinho agreeing to extend his stay at Anfield, the football world would not be shocked if he left Liverpool for an elite European club within the next five years.
A lot will arguably depend on the Reds’ ability to challenge for league titles and possible European crowns, but as of right now, Liverpool appears to be the only club on Coutinho’s mind.