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Kia Joorabchian, Coutinho’s agent, speaks out about client

Philippe Coutinho, during a performance for Bayern Munich / AFP
Philippe Coutinho, during a performance for Bayern Munich / AFP

Amid rumors linking Philippe Coutinho to numerous clubs around Europe, his agent, Kia Joorabchian, has been vocal about the Brazilian’s situation.

Philippe Coutinho’s agent remains somewhat in the air. Having been loaned out to Bayern Munich in the summer, he has not managed to regain his best form in Germany. As a result, Bayern do not plan on executing his buy option, as things stand, and he is set to return to Barcelona, for the time being. Barça’s Cantabrian manager, Quique Setién, is fond of Coutinho, and wants to deploy the former Liverpool man in the Catalans’ midfield.

However, due to the coronavirus pandemic putting a halt to the transfer negotiations for clubs around the world, pushing many clubs towards player exchange deals, the Brazilian’s immediate future remains unknown.

The player has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with several clubs interested, but his agent, Kia Joorabchian, who also has names such as Willian and Laywin Kurzawa on his list of clients, has now spoken out about Coutinho’s situation. The agent admits that the on-loan player is in an ‘awkward situation’, partly due to the ongoing pandemic, but also due to his recent injury.

“He has had an injury, he had an operation two weeks ago on his ankle and he is [set to endure] six weeks of recovery for that [injury], which unfortunately means he’ll probably miss a chunk of the Bundesliga. Hopefully, he will be fit for the tail end of the season,” Kia Joorabchian told talkSPORT on the talkshow White and Sawyer.

The agent went on to talk about the current situation, heavily affected by the pandemic. Joorabchian disregards any rumors, saying no talks have taken place about any deals for the Brazilian.

“In terms of the rumours? At the moment, we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever,” the Iranian agent remarked.

“I think at the moment everyone’s concentration is on this pandemic and how football can restart in a safe and secure environment, and the health of safety of everybody,” Joorabchian continued, before saying that the ‘transfer side of things’ will come into play ‘further down the line’.

“The transfer side of things and where Philippe will go, or where other players will go, will come into play further down the line when things have got back to some sort of normality,” he explained to talkSPORT.

Coutinho’s current contract with Barcelona runs out in 2023, having signed with the Catalans at the turn of the year, back in 2018.