Philippe Coutinho looks set to stay at Barcelona next season, after new manager Ronald Koeman convinced him he is part of his plans.

Coutinho spent the last campaign on loan at Bayern Munich.

The Brazil midfielder scored twice against Barca in the famous 8-2 defeat in the Champions League and went ahead to win the title with the German club.

However, his future at the club looked uncertain, with Barca president Josep Bartomeu making it clear that it was up to Koeman to sell the player, amid interest from Arsenal.

But Mundo Deportivo reports Koeman called Coutinho on Monday to congratulate him on the Champions League victory and assure him he wants him to stay.

It is believed Koeman is a big fan of the player, having faced him during Coutinho’s spell at Liverpool while he was in charge of both Southampton and Everton.

Coutinho will now fly to his native Brazil for his holidays, where he will consider his options, but it is believed he is more than willing to stay and prove his worth in Catalonia.

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