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Barcelona coach Valverde: Coutinho? Well...

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde was tightlipped today about their move for Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

Valverde was asked about Coutinho ahead of their Copa del Rey tie with Celta Vigo.

"[Coutinho] is a player for another team," said Valverde at his pre-Copa del Rey press conference. "He is a great player, of course.

"I don't know what will happen, but I like mine much more."

One player who will be pulling on the Blaugrana jersey in January is Ousmane Dembele, who Valverde declared fit before considering the future of the winger's countryman, Samuel Umtiti.

"Having a player like Ousmane back is very positive for us," added the coach.

"He got injured just as he was adapting to the team, so let's see if he can help us. He is ready to play.

"[Umtiti] is a great player and we hope he stays at Barcelona for many years."

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