Chelsea chiefs should not pursue a move for Philippe Coutinho, claims former Blues defender Frank Leboeuf. Express Sport understands Chelsea are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested in bringing Coutinho back to England. The Brazilian has struggled since his £142million move to Barcelona from Liverpool in January 2018.
Coutinho has spent this season on loan at Bayern Munich but is set to return to Barca in the summer.
Leboeuf does not think the 27-year-old is the right quality of player Chelsea should be signing and says club chiefs should decide against signing him.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia is in charge of incomings and outgoings at the club.
“I don’t think [Chelsea need Coutinho],” Leboeuf told ESPN FC.
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“With all due respect, because we talk about fantastic players but we want to talk about worldwide players.
“Coutinho has been good with Liverpool, has been so far poor with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
“I would have lots of questions marks seeing him come to Chelsea, to bring what?
“We have young players, very talented, who are very promising.
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“We have good midfield with Kovacic and Jorginho to organise the game – I don’t know where his place would be.
“So if I was the chairman, even the coach, I would be very hesitant to pick him up.”
Meanwhile, former Barcelona star Rivaldo says Coutinho should return to Barca and fight for his spot next season.
“If the chance comes, Coutinho really needs to step up and show the great player he is, just like he did in England with Liverpool and has done with the Brazilian national team for which he is still an important player,” Rivaldo told Betfair.
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“I believe in his qualities and think much will depend on his will and mental strength.
“He must prove that others were wrong to write him off and that he can still make the difference for any team.
“Playing for Barcelona is a unique chance for a player and perhaps Coutinho’s experience in the Bundesliga has made him wake up and see that Barca could be the right place for him.
“Of course, it might not turn out to be the case and he could join a Premier League club.
“Barca might prefer to get back some of his investment in the player.
“I think Coutinho should fight to stay at Barca and try to convince the club of his qualities. That would be a real demonstration of his personality.”
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