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Barcelona head coach Ronald Koeman has insisted that Luis Suarez will not be frozen out of his squad if he stays at the club.
It was Juve, though, who appeared to be closing in on a move for the Uruguayan after theyagreed terms ona three-year contract worth €10 million (£9m/$12m).
But Suarez's move to Turin is now in jeopardy, asa prolonged process of securing Italian citizenship may force Juventus to look elsewhere for reinforcements at forward.
Speaking after Barcelona's 3-1 friendly win over Girona on Wednesday, Koeman said he would plan on utilising Suarez in 2020-21 should a move elsewhere fail to materialise.
"Suarez will be one more member ofthe squad if he stays," theBarcelonacoachtold TV3.
“I was talking to Luis this morning.We will wait to see if there is a way out or not.We respect contracts and, from day one, we have said thatif he stays on the squad, it will be one more."
Another player whose future at the club has been in some doubt isPhilippe Coutinho, who has returned to Barca after spending last season on loan at Bayern Munich.
The Brazilian scored against Girona and despite being linked with a move away, appears set to stay with the Catalans for the upcoming season.
“He is in high spirits at the moment,trainingand playing well," Koeman said of Coutinho."Hehas great quality.We must bear in mind that he needs the support of the coach and the fans."
Koeman used Wednesday's friendly to give minutes to several promising youngsters, including 19-year-old AmericanKonrad de la Fuente.
The Dutchman had particular praise for the winger, but also highlighted the potential of Pedri and Riqui Puig.