Barca do not want to sell Coutinho – Agent

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian says that the Barcelona midfielder will remain with the Spanish champions amid reports linking him with a move away from the Catalan club. Coutinho has experienced an up and down tenure with Barcelona since joining the La Liga side from Liverpool in January 2018.He was booed several times by Barcelona fans towards the tail end of the season, and was relatively ineffective against his former club as Barca were knocked out of the Champions League in the semi-final.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare As a result, the Brazilian star has been linked with a departure, with Paris Saint-Germain among those said to be interested.The midfielder only furthered speculation by confirming that he could leave Barcelona while on international duty with Brazil.But Coutinho, who has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United, will not move this summer, his agent says, as Barcelona are determined to keep hold of the 27-year-old midfielder.”I talked a few days ago with Pep Segura at Barcelona,” Joorabchian told RMC Sport.”He told me that the club does not want to sell Coutinho this summer, no matter what. And then, we have not had any contact with PSG.”Coutinho has featured in 75 matches for Barcelona since making the move from Anfield, having scored 21 goals during his Camp Nou stay.He scored 10 in his first 22 matches throughout his first half-season with the club after making the move in January before scoring just 11 times in 53 matches in his first full campaign.The Brazilian was Barcelona’s fourth-leading scorer this season, behind Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele.Coutinho is currently with Brazil for the Copa America, having helped guide the team to the finale of the tournament on home soil.The midfielder scored twice in Brazil’s tournament-opening win over Bolivia while providing an assist in a 5-0 battering of Peru to close the group stage.Brazil topped Argentina 2-0 on Tuesday in the Copa America semi-final behind goals from Gabriel Jesus and Roberto Firmino.They’ll face either Chile or Peru on Sunday in the finale as Brazil look to claim their first Copa America since 2007.last_img read more

After days of tension Kashmir limps back to normal

first_imgSrinagar: After two days of official clampdown and separatist called protests, life on Sunday started limping back to normal in the Kashmir valley. Authorities had imposed a clampdown in the Valley after the killing of top militant commander Zakir Musa on Thursday. Curfew-like restrictions, closure of all educational institutions, cancellation of scheduled exams and a virtual Internet blackout followed Musa’s killing in Dadsara village of Tral area. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC Musa was not only the most wanted militant commander in Kashmir, but had become an icon of homegrown militancy after the death of Burhan Wani on July 8, 2019. Official measures to maintain law and order were defied at dozens of places by angry youth who pelted stones at the security forces. Separatists called for a protest shutdown and life remained literally paralysed for two days after the Tral area gunfight. Separatists have appealed people to return to their normal daily routine from Sunday and also confirmed that there would be no shutdown. Despite being a public holiday, markets opened after two days in Srinagar city and other towns in the Valley on Sunday. Public transport also started moving as usual both in Srinagar and all other districts of the Valley. To facilitate people move about without any hardship, authorities did not impose restrictions anywhere.last_img read more