Ernesto Valverde tight-lipped on Barcelona's Philippe Coutinho interest
By Joe Shread
Last Updated: 03/01/18 9:19pm
Ernesto Valverde has remained tight-lipped on Philippe Coutinho's future, saying "we will see" when asked if Barcelona would make a move for the Liverpool player.
Barcelona had three bids for Coutinho - the largest of which was worth £113m - rejected by Liverpool in the summer, despite the midfielder handing in a transfer request.
With the January transfer window now open, talk of Barcelona returning for the Brazilian has inevitably intensified.
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In his press conference to preview Barcelona's Copa del Rey match against Celta Vigo, Valverde said: "We will see if he comes or not. He is a great player.
"We respect Liverpool and we respect the player. We don't know what will happen in the future but I like the players I have now in the squad."
Valverde, who has led Barcelona to a nine-point lead at the top of La Liga, was also asked about the future of Samuel Umtiti.
However, Valverde said: "It's true that when you put a price with the clause it could be that in three years that clause will seem cheap.
"But we have to remember the main thing - if a club pay the clause the player has to want to leave. That's the key thing.
"We are happy with Umtiti and he is happy playing for Barcelona. He will stay a long time here."
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