Philippe Coutinho: Barcelona star hits rock bottom as Man Utd transfer talk ramps up

Barca claim Coutinho has ‘shown little discipline on and off the field’.

Valverde’s assistant Jon Aspiazu was diplomatic on the situation and insists he is still considered a starter and an important part of his team – but admitted his level had dropped.

“Perhaps he’s not at the level he was last year,” Aspiazu told Gol TV before the game. “Dembele has overtaken him a little bit, but he’s a player we consider to be a starter and he’ll be very important for us for the rest of the season.”

While Valverde himself told Coutinho he had to work hard to change the situation.

“When [Ousmane] Dembele wasn’t playing, everyone was asking about him,” Valverde said after the Levante game.