Philippe Coutinho has firmly dismissed questions about his professionalism

Chidalu Obiajulu

Philippe Coutinho Correia, Brazilian professional footballer, who plays as an attacking midfielder or winger for La Liga club Barcelona and the Brazilian National team, who is known for his combination of vision, passing, dribbling and ability to conjure curving long-range strikes, has firmly dismissed questions about his professionalism following reports of a clash with his Barcelona teammates during the recent 3-3 draw with Celta Vigo.

The 29 year old who’s really good at the flank has been a regular feature for both former boss Ronald Koeman who has been sacked and interim replacement Sergi Barjuan, who kept the Brazilian on the bench for Saturday’s game – he remained on the bench throughout the game.

After the tough encounter with Celta Vigo, rumours emerged suggesting Coutinho’s failure to appear was actually his doing, with Laia Tudel claiming (via Albert Roge) that the 29-year-old declined Sergi Roberto’s request for him to go warm up during the game, which allegedly prompted a heated clash with the squad’s senior players behind the scenes.

However, after the bumped rumours, Coutinho seems to disagree with that version of events.

“I was very surprised when I saw the news published because in my entire career I have never lacked professionalism,” he said (via AS). “You can look at any club I’ve been at, I have always respected everyone.

Philippe Coutinho has firmly dismissed questions about his professionalism

“Since having returned from a scary injury [following an injury] I haven’t had a run of four or five games starting to be at my best level. I feel very good, and physically, I am great.”

Coutinho having started four of his 11 appearances in all competitions this season, has been an unused substitute in each of his side’s last two games, including the 1-0 win over Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League earlier this month.

Then the return of their number 10 Ansu Fati, coupled with a temporary comeback from Ousmane Dembele, saw Coutinho drop down the pecking order, but even 19-year-old academy starlet Abde was given minutes ahead of him against Celta Vigo.

The Brazilian has seriously stressed and denied the bust-up between him and his teammates after their tough encounter with Celta Vigo during the weekend, stressing about being a professional football player who shouldn’t be seen in that kind of situation.

With just 18 months left on his contract, Coutinho is expected to be up for sale next summer as Barcelona desperately try to recover some of the £142m they paid to sign him from Liverpool in January 2018.