Coutinho signals transfer intent as Barcelona statement made to Koeman

Philippe Coutinho has reported back for training with Barcelona just three weeks after helping humiliate them in Champions League.

The Brazilian is back at his parent club after being part of the Bayern Munich side which hammered Barca 8-2 in the quarter-finals of the revamped competition in Lisbon, with the former Liverpool man coming off the bench to score twice.

He also came on as a substitute in Bayern's 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain in the final, but less than a fortnight after that he's back at Barca's Joan Gamper training centre in a bid to catch the eye of his new boss Ronald Koeman and earn a place in his squad this season.

The Brazilian is said to not want a transfer away this summer, and instead is determined to make it at the Nou Camp.

Coutinho has foregone the right he would have had to an extended rest period as he seeks to kickstart his career in Catalonia.

Players from both Bayern and PSG have been given time off following their European exertions, which have led to their opening league matches of the new season being delayed.

Bayern will kick off their Bundesliga season on September 18 against Schalke, while PSG will return to Ligue 1 action on September 10 when many French top-flight teams have already played twice.

Barca's La Liga season season starts against Villarreal on September 27, with Coutinho looking to earn a spot in Koeman's plans in the new campaign.

He was pictured at training on Friday, although Lionel Messi remains absent as his row with the club rumbles on.

Midfielder Frenkie de Jong has admitted that the captain's actions have caused "chaos" at the club.

"I followed this from a distance and, how should I say, it's kind of chaos now, many things are going on," De Jong told reporters from the Netherlands camp.

"But I didn't speak with Messi personally, not with the club.

"I will see when I arrive after this week in Barcelona how things are going, and what is really happening.

"Honestly I don't know what will happen."

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