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Kia Joorabchian talks about Coutinho move to England

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The Brazilian has been linked with a move away from Barcelona all summer and Kia Joorabchian has effectively ruled out a move to Manchester United.

According to Kia Joorabchian, Philippe Coutinho moving to Manchester United is impossible owing to the player’s allegiance to Liverpool.

The midfielder left Liverpool almost a year ago for Barcelona but hasn’t been able to showcase the sort of form that made him one of the most creative players in Europe.

While speaking to talkSPORT, the player’s agent, Kia Joorabchian said that his client still has a lot of love and respect for the Reds and even hinted at a possibility of seeing him move there. However, Kia Joorabchian says that he isn’t too sure about the Liverpool rumors.

“I don’t know about those stories,” Joorabchian told Jim White in response to the latest Liverpool rumours.

“Bartomeu was very clear with me, saying he doesn’t want the player to leave and he has a future there.

“They made a tremendous effort to bring him over, he is Barcelona’s most expensive signing in history and the second or third most expensive signing in the world.

“He had an amazing Copa America, he was rated in the team of the Copa America, he won the Copa America with Brazil and he’s won three trophies since he’s been at Barcelona in the last two years – so he’s had a great time there.

“As things happen in football, sometimes players feel a bit uncomfortable about somewhere, sometimes it’s the clubs that just don’t quite fit.

“If that happens obviously we’ll decide what’s best for Philippe, but at the moment we’re being told that’s not happening, it’s fine.”

The agent added: “Manchester United is a great club, I have players there and I have all the respect for them, but as far as Philippe goes it would be an extremely difficult to a near-impossible move.

“I would be very difficult for Philippe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has such a great affinity towards Liverpool. His time there was fantastic.

“Yes, but like all big players at some point, you want to experience a different thing in your career because your career is very short, but it [his Anfield exit] has no reflection on the fact his heart and affinity is very much with Liverpool.

“I know he was cheering every time they had the chance. Lucas Leiva is the same way. A lot of these guys who leave Liverpool remain Liverpool fans because of the fans and the passion they have.

“So it would be hard for him to go to a rival.

“Every time we’ve spoken about it we’ve had that same conversation, he would find it hard to play for another club in the Premier League.”