Barcelona plan to sell Philippe Coutinho this summer

039;Great player' Coutinho must fight for Barca spot says Valverde

039;Great player' Coutinho must fight for Barca spot says Valverde

Lionel Messi scored his 400th goal in La Liga against Eibar on Sunday to extend his record as the division's all-time top scorer. "They are incredible numbers".

According to Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo, Coutinho, who has been left out of the starting XI in each of Barcelona's last four league matches, is believed to be growing increasingly unhappy with his marginalised role having lost his spot to Ousmane Dembele.

Even though the Basque outfit beat Real Madrid recently, they've never defeated Barcelona, losing all eight meetings by at least two goals.

29 - Luis Suarez has set up more of Messi's 400 than anyone else, claiming 29 assists for the Barca talisman.

Coutinho was at the heart of a slick raid, playing a one-two with Suarez and then sliding the Uruguayan in on goal with a defence-splitting pass. Suarez needed a couple of touches to get the ball out from under his feet but he quickly adjusted to shoot beyond the advancing Asier Riesgo.

Elsewhere, Inaki Williams struck in either half as improving Athletic Bilbao beat third-placed Sevilla 2-0 at San Mames.

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Suarez's goals took him on to 14 league strikes for the season and means he and close friend Messi have scored a remarkable 31 times between them this season - more than the total goal tallies of 17 teams in the league. "But I can not imagine him back at Barca".

Ousmane Dembele had been replaced by Coutinho in the starting XI, but the France global was introduced in the 71st minute as Barcelona looked for more goals in the latter stages.

Betis refused to lie down and equalised after 67 minutes through former Madrid midfielder Sergio Canales.

Karim Benzema had gone off with a dislocated finger and Isco remained on the bench, watching three youngsters sent on instead of him.

"He was the one who left", Cardoner said in October.

With a free-kick on the edge of the area and goalkeeper Pau Lopez leaving his left-hand corner open, Ceballos sent a dipping shot into the gap to snatch a dramatic win.

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