By Will Griffee For Mailonline
Published: 06:39 BST, 9 September 2020 | Updated: 07:19 BST, 9 September 2020
Philippe Coutinho's stay at Barcelona has been confirmed by his agent Kia Joorabchian, who revealed Ronald Koeman moved rapidly to make his intentions known.
Just the day after Bayern Munich thrashed Barcelona 8-2, knocking them out of the Champions League, Koeman called up Coutinho to tell him he is part of the future at the Nou Camp.
Clearly the wheels were already very much in motion for Koeman to replace Quique Setien in the immediate aftermath of the mauling, although the Dutchman was not officially appointed until August 19.
Philippe Coutinho is staying at Barcelona after an early phone call from Ronald Koeman
The news is a blow to a number of Premier League sides who were interested in signing Coutinho.
Arsenal, Tottenham and Leicester all had an interest in the