Midfielder Philippe Coutinho according to the daily Mirror will return to Barcelona after being convinced by new coach Ronald Koeman that he is an important part of his plans.

Coutinho spent last season on loan at German champions Bayern Munich, playing an important part in the clubs UEFA champions league triumph.

The 28-year old has been widely speculated to secure a move away from Nou Camp this summer, but now looks likely to stay after a change in management.

The former Liverpool star spent a frustrating first two seasons with the Catalans before moving to Germany.

This report comes as a blow to Arsenal who were leading the race to sign the midfielder as he looks set for a return to Barca to work with new coach Ronald Koeman after his loan expires with the Bavarians.

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