But his Brazilian teammate Neymar appears determined to see Coutinho play alongside him in Catalonia in the coming seasons.
Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez has fuelled speculation linking Neymar with Manchester United by admitting they like Juventus forward Paulo Dybala. 'When I was a kid, that's what I wanted. "And the most important thing about playing for Barcdlona is that I'm making my childhood dream come true", Neymar was quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo on Monday.
Asked about clubmate and Argentine superstar Lionel Messi's stay at the club, Neymar remained positive that he will stay.
"[Messi] is a guy who helped me a lot in those four years of Barcelona, especially at the beginning when I had a hard time", Neymar said.
He was also instrumental in his club's historic comeback against PSG in the Champions League round of 16 victory.
"It was unique", the former Santos player said.
In his first press conference as a Brazil player in more than 240 days, Neymar said on Monday that he's keen on making Brazil one of the favourite teams in the next World Cup in Russian Federation and admitted to have matured after a series of controversies. "He made us grow and win many titles".
Neymar, who is hoping to score his 100th goal for Barca in Sunday's league game at Granada, also spoke about this summer's transfer window and said fellow Brazilian and Liverpool winger Philippe Coutinho would be a good fit for his team.
And Barcelona seem intent on signing Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool this summer. We are friends and that helps on the pitch.
In most other generations he'd be comfortably considered the best player on the planet.