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

Weve told children were here for them 247 if charity crisis continues

first_img Monica; “What am I to say to the little girl that rings after every chemo session, or to the little boy that rings after he’s been abused?”— ISPCC Childline (@ISPCCChildline) May 27, 2014 She commented that children are now under immense pressure and “take on a lot of adult worries”. “I actually got my daughter back,” she said, adding that she was concerned about what kind of a future would be ahead if any of these vital services have to be cut.“While everybody else is kind of being looked after with the recession, and you know, looking at everything else happening outside, we can’t forget the children,” she said.Childline can be reached on 1800 66 66 66 or online.Originally posted at 12:50.Read: Childline is at “breaking point” as donations continue to plummet>Read: Abuse, violence, mental health: Children in Ireland called for help 664,000 times last year> Source: ISPCC Childline/Twitter Source: ISPCC Childline/Twitter Source: Michelle Hennessy/TheJournal.ieRose Cross, who sought help from the ISPCC with her daughter, said she “would not be the child she is today” without the charity.center_img Updated 22:55THE ISPCC HAS said today that it may be forced to cut Childline operating hours if the drop in donations due to the Rehab and CRC scandals continues.Speaking ahead of the charity’s AGM this morning, Caroline O’Sullivan, Director of Services, said there was an “immediate dramatic drop” in income when the controversies arose and income is now down 20 per cent so far this year.Childline costs €3.8 million a year to run and most of this has to be raised through donations. Some 664,000 calls were made to the helpline last year.“If this trend continues, we are not going to be in a position to provide the services that we are at the moment,” she told reporters. “We have cut salaries, we have cut costs, we have cut all administrative costs, we’ve had redundancies and we really have nowhere else to go in terms of cost savings so out only place now is services.”She said the majority of children call the helpline after 6pm and if the charity can not raise more money, the now 24 hour service will have to close overnight because they don’t have volunteers available at that time so that is when costs are at their highest.“We’re looking at closing at 10 at night, when children are at their most vulnerable and very much alone and have nowhere,” she said.Monica Rowe, who is a Childline volunteer and fundraiser for the ISPCC, said this is the time when children “can get under the covers with the phone and be heard”, especially for children who are being abused. Rose quoting her daughter; “Working with the ISPCC helped me go from the darkness into the light”.— ISPCC Childline (@ISPCCChildline) May 27, 2014 Am I to say “You know something – put that hurt on hold – ring us when the service is actually open”? That appals me – the thought of it appals me. I can’t even explain how much it does because we’ve told our kids for the last four years “We’re here for you 24/7″ and now we’re about to say to them “You know something, we’re not”.last_img read more