Coutinho's agent accuses Barca of lies

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Kia Joorabchian, Coutinho's representative, claims Barca officials Pep Segura and Josep Maria Bartomeu have given private assurances the Brazilian is required at the LaLiga giant.

However, Joorabchian claims the club's promises have not been consistent with its actions, and believes his client has been shown a lack of respect.

He feels Coutinho, who has struggled to make an impact in two seasons at Barca, is being used as a makeweight in the pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar, who is unsettled in the French capital.

"The president [Bartomeu] was clear: he had no intention of selling the player, to any club," Joorabchian said.

"With that, and out of respect for Barcelona's decision to keep him, we chose not to look at the market for our player and we have not offered the player to other clubs.

"But I learned, and it's a fact, that [Barca adviser] Andre Cury is saying totally different things. Andre Cury is pushing for Coutinho to be included in the transfer for Neymar.

"As I said, Coutinho has no offer from any other clubs because we respected Barcelona's decision, but they do not respect the word they gave to us.

"We have been silent in this period, but it will not be allowed for Barcelona to lie about the player. They must tell the truth.

"If they want Coutinho to leave, they have to say it. With the player, we will decide what is best for his future."

Coutinho will face fresh competition for a starting spot if he remains at Barca after the club's capture of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid.

Liverpool could offer an escape route as it reportedly considers bringing the 27-year-old back to Anfield, where he was jeered during the UEFA Champions League semi-finals in May.

"Liverpool lies very deeply in his heart," Joorabchian said. "He's a big fan of them. It would be very difficult for him to go to a direct competitor of Liverpool."