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Philippe Coutinho insists he is happy at Barcelona and is not ready to return to the Premier League amid speculation over his future.

'I want my players to really push each other and demand 100 percent attitude from each other every single day.

This time, however, Barcelona's path to the final at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid runs through England, as the Catalan club will face Manchester United before a potential date with Coutinho's former club Liverpool lies in wait in the semifinal. "We will have to be very careful to stop him because he can generate a lot of problems for us and I think the duel with Pique will be important in both matches", he added.

"I have that nailed in my memory and, even though this is a different stage, if Barcelona knock United out of Europe, it will be a double personal satisfaction for me".

Speaking to the Mirror , the 26-year-old said: "My head is exclusively in Barcelona. Returning to England now does not fit into my plans".

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The winners of Barcelona's tie with United will then take on the victor of Liverpool and Porto in the semi-final and Coutinho is very excited by a potential encounter against his former team.

While an Anfield comeback would be special, it would be as adversaries, not as friends.

"Every player who walks through the door at United needs to have a certain DNA and too many have been signed by the club in recent years that lack those qualities". "They have already shown what they can do by knocking out PSG and I think most people would say the tie is 50-50". Jurgen Klopp is a great coach and it was only a matter of time before he got the team performing the way they are.

"I learned about the significance of games against United [whilst playing for Liverpool] and understand the rivalry, having played against them on several occasions".

Fellaini left United in the January transfer window for Shandong Luneng in China - a move that supporters believes was positive on Solskjaer's part. But so are we and I am focused first on Barcelona. As I got to know him, I realised it's not just emotion.


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