Philippe Coutinho is not ready to sign a new Barcelona contract as he wants to wait until the new president is appointed.
The Brazil international left Liverpool in a £142million move to Barca in 2018 but was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich and struggled to make a big impression last season.
The former Liverpool midfielder has returned to the Nou Camp and is back in favour after being used by coach Ronald Koeman on the left flank.
It is a remarkable turnaround for a player that appeared to be heading for the exit door.
Coutinho’s contract runs until 2023 and there was talk of a new deal but the playmaker reportedly wants to bide his time.
Barcelona are in the process of appointing a new president after Josep Maria Bartomeu’s recent resignation.
The 28-year-old wants to wait and see the plans of the new president with the possibility of Koeman being ousted.
If the coach is moved on, Coutinho does not want to commit his future without having guarantees over his and the club’s long-term plans.
Coutinho was reportedly keen to return to Liverpool in the summer after a frustrating time in Spain.
But Coutinho appears much more settled at Barca now and the incoming president appears to be a deciding factor in whether he pens an extended contract.