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Client Philippe Coutinho
  Willian
  David Luiz
  Carlos Tevez
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2019 07 04 Retrieve

[Philippe Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian says that the Barcelona midfielder will remain with the Spanish champions] I talked a few days ago with Pep Segura at Barcelona. He told me that the club does not want to sell Coutinho this summer, no matter what. And then, we have not had any contact with PSG.

2019 07 13 Retrieve

[Barcelona must come clean with Philippe Coutinho over his future, according to his agent Kia Joorabchian, who claims the club have promised the Brazilian will remain at Camp Nou while secretly trying to include him in a deal for Neymar] I will not let people talk about Philippe and put him down because for one-and-a-half years we have said nothing. I won’t let them do that and all of us in Philippe’s camp will not let that happen because Barcelona have told us he is staying

[The agent further questioned the motives of the club, demanding to know what Barcelona’s intentions are with his client] The president Bartomeu was clear: he had no intention of selling the player, to any club. With that, and out of respect for Barcelona’s decision to keep him, we chose not to look at the market for our player and we have not offered the player to other clubs. But I learned, and it’s a fact, that Andre Cury is saying totally different things. Andre Cury is pushing for Coutinho to be included in the transfer for Neymar. As I said, Coutinho has no offer from any other clubs because we respected Barcelona’s decision, but they do not respect the word they gave to us. We have been silent in this period, but it will not be allowed for Barcelona to lie about the player. They must tell the truth! And if they want Coutinho to leave, they have to say it. With the player, we will decide what is best for his future

2019 07 15 Retrieve

[Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, has said the Barcelona attacker would not consider a move to any Premier League side other than Liverpool, given his affinity with the Merseyside club] Manchester United is a great club, I have players there and I have all the respect for them, but as far as Philippe goes it would be an extremely difficult to a near-impossible move. It would be very difficult for Philippe to play for any of Liverpool’s rivals, because he has such a great affinity towards Liverpool. His time there was fantastic. His heart and affinity is very much with Liverpool

[While it is a little over 18 months ago that the 27-year departed the Reds, Joorabchian feels that the club’s recuitment in that period may mean there is no place for Coutinho in Jurgen Klopp’s side] Liverpool have built a tremendous squad, the manager has a great balance there and it’s probably one of the best run football clubs in the country. So with the build-up they’ve done and the squad they have, [signing Coutinho] would really have to be something they would have to decide whether or not they feel there is now a gap in the squad for someone like Philippe. Obviously if he were to move back [to the Premier League], it would have to be Liverpool, but at the moment I think it would be difficult and it would be up to them

[Speculation that Coutinho could return to his former employers has increased markedly in recent days, with a report claiming Barcelona may offer Liverpool the chance to sign the former Inter man on a two-year loan. However, the player’s agent has dismissed these rumours and claims Barca want to keep hold of their record signing] I don’t know about those stories. [Josep Maria] Bartomeu [the club president] was very clear with me, saying he doesn’t want the player to leave and he has a future there. They made a tremendous effort to bring him over, he is Barcelona’s most expensive signing in history and the second or third most expensive signing in the world. As things happen in football, sometimes players feel a bit uncomfortable about somewhere, sometimes it’s the clubs that just don’t quite fit. If that happens obviously we’ll decide what’s best for Philippe, but at the moment we’re being told that’s not happening, it’s fine

2019 07 16 Retrieve

[Barca currently don’t have the money to meet PSG’s financial demands for Neymar. Thus, they will need to either convince PSG to accept a cash-plus-players deal or accept another formula. Such manoeuvring has not pleased Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, who accused Barca of trying to sell his client behind his back] Andre Cury (a Barcelona intermediary) is pushing for Coutinho to be included in the transfer for Neymar. As I said, Coutinho has no offer from any other clubs because we respected Barcelona’s decision, but they do not respect the word they gave to us. We have been silent in this period, but it will not be allowed for Barcelona to lie about the player. They must tell the truth! And if they want Coutinho to leave, they have to say it. With the player, we will decide what is best for his future

2020 03 29 Retrieve

[Reports in Spain have claimed Coutinho could have instead moved to Spurs, but that chairman Daniel Levy vetoed the deal] Philippe Coutinho has no personal issue with Daniel Levy and claims otherwise are totally false. The deal did not collapse due to financial reasons

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Coutinho’s Arsenal-supporting agent Joorabchian won’t push Barcelona star towards Gunners] The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret. I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility. The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic

Everyone wants to stay safe, stay healthy and get back to training. Everyone is trying to stay positive. None of my boys have spoken to me in terms of their future. All my boys are concentrating on getting through this period of time and getting back to normality. There is a lot of speculation but I can genuinely explain to you we have not spoken about transfers or anything like that. No one has the right feeling. Neither us nor the other side have the feeling to discuss something when so much is happening around the world that is so much more important

It becomes very difficult to say I’m going to spend £100m on a player’. I think you’re also going to encounter a moral issue in this. Is it morally correct when others are suffering??

2020 04 12 Retrieve

[Joorabchian has players in lockdown all over the world and he speaks to each of them at least once every two days] Everyone wants to stay safe, stay healthy and get back to training. Everyone is trying to stay positive. None of my boys have spoken to me in terms of their future. All my boys are concentrating on getting through this period of time and getting back to normality

[Joorabchian thinks it would be immoral for clubs to spend extravagantly when so many people and businesses are suffering around the world] It becomes very difficult to say I’m going to spend £100m on a player. I think you’re also going to encounter a moral issue in this. Is it morally correct when others are suffering?

Oscar never complains. He’s extremely grateful that he’s going to start training again

[Willian’s future] There is a lot of speculation but I can genuinely explain to you we have not spoken about transfers or anything like that. No one has the right feeling. Neither us nor the other side have the feeling to discuss something when so much is happening around the world that is so much more important

[Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian speaks out on his Arsenal connection amid transfer links] The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret. I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility

2020 04 13 Retrieve

[Football and transfers bottom of the agenda] Everyone wants to stay safe, stay healthy and get back to training. Everyone is trying to stay positive. There is a lot of speculation but I can genuinely explain to you we have not spoken about transfers or anything like that. No one has the right feeling. Neither us nor the other side have the feeling to discuss something when so much is happening around the world that is so much more important

2020 04 23 Retrieve

[Coutinho’s agent Kia Joorabchian claims that the current pandemic could play an important part in where the Brazilian moves to next] I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility. After the Champions League game he played in England we had a long chat about it.

The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in. The question is what are going to be the financial conditions of all the clubs, including Barcelona and all the Premier League clubs at the end of this pandemic

2020 05 14 Retrieve

[Kia Joorabchian, the agent of Carlos Tevez, has hit back at Gary Neville following claims that the Argentine downed tools in his second season at Manchester United] Absolutely not, he was desperate to play. He scored 15 goals with seven assists, his record was superb. Every time, he was available for every game bar the three he missed through injury. I think the person’s professionalism to be questioned is Gary Neville because he didn’t do his homework on Carlos’ career or as a reporter to say why Tevez wasn’t [professional]. He never made any phone calls, he never asked the question of me or anyone to know what has happened. He just makes comments time and time again. By saying things like that, he is putting a mark on the back of a player who has won double or triple the trophies he has ever won. Carlos has won trophies in every single league he has ever played in, he has been nominated as player of the year in South America more than any other player in history and now, at the age of 34, he’s just won the league and scored the winning goal with Boca Juniors again.

Generally speaking, Gary Neville spoke about professionalism, the treatment table and he spoke about people being in his (Tevez’s) ear. What he doesn’t understand is, and this is when a reporter should have the correct information, no matter who was in his ear, no matter who was speaking to him, if Man United had wanted to exercise an option, all they had to do was sign a paper and send it to the Premier League. He wanted to stay at Man United right after Moscow and winning the Champions League when he came on and he knew what he had to do. He had to get under Chelsea’s skin, he got [Didier] Drogba sent off and they ended up on penalties, which they won, and it was a great moment. They came back and him, [Wayne] Rooney and [Cristiano] Ronaldo had a great combination going forward, they were very happy, but Man United didn’t exercise the option. It was as simple as that. Gary Neville is speaking about people being in his ear as if Tevez decided at that point to leave during that year, but it was Man United who didn’t exercise that option. Tevez only decided after the option had expired that he had been sitting there for nine months and no one has exercised the option

2020 05 15 Retrieve

[Neville previously claimed that Tevez - who spent a two-year loan spell at United between 2007 and 2009 before moving to rivals Manchester City - had downed tools in his second season at Old Trafford after learning that they would not sign him permanently] I’m here because Gary said something a couple of days ago which I think was absolutely wrong. I think when you go after somebody and you make a lot of wrong and incorrect statements, then by letting it go you do the public a disservice by letting them listen to fake information

Gary mentioned about Carlos downing tools and his professionalism, he also mentioned about problems in his second year [at Man United] with people talking in his ear. I’d like to know who he thinks was talking into his ear and what they think he was saying, because unless he was hacking or taping him, it is impossible for him to know what they were saying

Furthermore, I must apologise for an incorrect stat I gave on a previous appearance - I said Gary played four times that year, in fact he played once in Carlos’ first year because unfortunately he was injured. When Gary made a comparison between year one and year two, he could not have known too much about that first year because he was mostly on the treatment table

Finally, I think Sir Alex Ferguson was one of the great managers of my time, regardless what side of the hairdryer you were. The one thing I learned about Sir Alex was that he had his finger to the pulse all the time, he knew what his players were doing on the training ground, off the training ground, at home

By questioning that second year, Gary is asking whether Sir Alex had his finger to the pulse, because he picked Carlos 51 times in 2008-09. Sir Alex would not have picked someone 51 times if they were being unprofessional

2020 05 15b Retrieve

[Joorabchian, though, says no future calls have been made as yet, with Coutinho focused on returning to fitness and seeing out a season-long stint at Bayern] Philippe at the moment, he’s at Bayern, but he’s sidelined at the moment. He’s had an injury, he had an operation two weeks ago on his ankle and he is six weeks for recovery for that, which unfortunately means he’ll probably miss a chunk of the Bundesliga. Hopefully he’ll be fit for the tail end of the season. But in terms of the rumours? At the moment we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever. I think at the moment everyone’s concentration is on this pandemic and how football can restart in a safe and secure environment, and the health and safety of everybody. The transfer side of things and where Philippe will go, or where other players will go, will come into play further down the line when things have got back to some sort of normality

[Chelsea forward Willian, is approaching the end of his contract at Stamford Bridge] Again, we’re not sure at the moment how the season will finish and we’re not sure how FIFA and the Premier League will make decisions in terms of free agents and what happens at the end of June in terms of when their contracts expire. There will have to be a lot of conversations over possible extensions. It’s not just Willian, I think all free agent players are in an awkward situation because do you sign a new contract, do you extend for a month, do you extend for a longer period? I think that will be something that will just play itself out closer to the time

2020 05 19 Retrieve

[Barcelona outcast Coutinho’s future still undecided] I can say that Philippe is very happy in Munich. He likes the club and its high level of professionalism. The most important thing for him now is to focus on a quick recovery [from an ankle injury] so that he can help his team back on the pitch as soon as possible. Then we’ll see how things develop. No decision has yet been made regarding his future. As I have said many times in uncertain times like this, we are not currently talking about any transfers or future plans and have not discussed them yet

Philippe at the moment, he’s at Bayern, but he’s sidelined at the moment. He’s had an injury, he had an operation two weeks ago on his ankle and he is six weeks for recovery for that, which unfortunately means he’ll probably miss a chunk of the Bundesliga. Hopefully he’ll be fit for the tail end of the season. But in terms of the rumours? At the moment we have not spoken to anybody about any deals whatsoever

2020 05 27 Retrieve

[Coutinho’s name being mentioned alongside Arsenal’s once again] The fact I’m an Arsenal supporter is not a secret. I don’t have any preference where the players go. I don’t try to push someone to one club or another. Everything is a possibility. After the Champions League game he played in England we had a long chat about it. The Premier League is something that he has always enjoyed playing in, and loved playing in, and would probably love to come back and play in

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[According to his agent Kia Joorabchian, Philippe Coutinho is aiming to return to the Premier League] He has a desire to come back to the Premier League at some point. It may not happen this year, it may happen this year but we don’t know. We really have not discussed anything for now. I’ve never heard those figures, we’ve never discussed numbers, none of those figures have ever been discussed

2020 06 01b Retrieve

[Willian’s future at Chelsea is still very much up in the air] Before the pandemic occurred, the negotiations were around two and three years. Chelsea have a policy which we respect and understand but Willian has a career and he has ambition. He wants to finish his playing career at a very high level.

[Joorabchian also represents Philippe Coutinho] It’s up to Bayern Munich whether or not they want to extend the loan. It’s purely Bayern’s decision, we have a will to stay, and we will see about next season when we get back to this ‘new’ normal. We’ve had some conversations with Bayern about next season [already].

2020 06 01c Retrieve

[Arsenal defender’s agent says there’s a ‘very high chance’ he’ll extend Emirates stay] My dream is to end my career at Benfica. When, I don’t know, but it will happen […] it will, if President [Luis Filipe] Vieira allows me and if the fans want me to come back

He’s very happy at Arsenal. He has an extremely good relationship with both the coach and the sporting director. He has good relationships all throughout the club, right up to the owner. He respects everybody. These contract situations, these renewals, if he stays or if he goes… will all sort themselves out when we get back to some kind of ‘new’ normal [after coronavirus]. David will sit down with Arsenal before the season begins, have his conversations and they will both decide if he will stay or not. That will come before the season starts. The chances are very high [of Luiz being at Arsenal next season]. There is no desire to leave. But again, we are going to live in a ‘new’ normal, we will have to see what Arsenal’s position will be. But I believe there is a wish from both sides to continue

2020 06 18 Retrieve

[David Luiz’s agent Kia Joorabchian has insisted that the Arsenal’s defender’s future will be resolved this week] The contract situation has dragged on not because of any reason, not because of the will of either Arsenal or David to finalise, but really because of the situation that occurred with this pandemic. Now it becomes a moment where you’ve got 14 days left [until the deadline] and you’re at a critical point of your career, where you’d probably three or four years left at the very top level, so that’s obviously at the back of your mind. That’s not an excuse for yesterday’s performance, but you are playing one of the best teams in England and Arsenal’s lack of control on the game would have put pressure on the defence. David wanted to have a different type of game. What I can tell you is the situation from Arsenal’s point of view will be resolved this week. Jun 22 is the deadline for most of the clubs to finish the season and beyond, irrespective of any other situation. It’s a case of allowing Arsenal to sort out everything that needs to be sorted out during this pandemic. There are several issues within the whole structure that will get resolved

[Joorabchian added on Carragher’s comments] I spoke with David last night. These things happen in a game, and I’m not defending any situation but David is a guy who has won 20 trophies in his career, including the Premier League, the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League. He’s won everything in Portugal and France too, so he’s a guy with a lot of experience and played under [Rafa] Benitez, [Maurizio] Sarri, [Antonio] Conte, [Jose] Mourinho, Unai [Emery] and now Mikel [Arteta]. If you speak to all those top coaches, especially coaches like Benitez, who had worked with [Jamie] Carragher and David, and ask him who he’d choose first, I think he’d pick David all day long. Everybody can make a mistake, but I think it’s very important when you do make a mistake you come out and say sorry and hold your hands up. Arsenal have a lot of young players and it’s an incredible thing for those guys to see such an experienced guy with so many trophies to do something like that.