Inter Milan playmaker 'flattered' by Liverpool interest

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Inter Milan star Philippe Coutinho admits he is flattered by Liverpool's interest in signing him, but says he's determined to stay and fight for his place at the San Siro.

Sky Sports reports how the Reds have approached the Serie A giants about bringing the 20-year-old to England, and have already seen one bid - believed to amount to £6million - rejected by the club.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Brendan Rodgers remains confident of luring the Brazilian to Anfield, with Liverpool set to step up their bid to £8million in total.

Coutinho arrived in Italy from Vasco da Gama, and made his Inter Milan debut under former Liverpool boss Rafa Benitez, going on to establish a reputation as one of Serie A's most prodigious young talents.

And, whilst attention from the Premier League is humbling, the South American star says his focus remains on Inter Milan, and impressing his current manager Andrea Stramaccioni.

"The Liverpool offer? I'm happy with these offers, because it means I am doing my job well," Coutinho told Sky Italia. "But I think Inter have faith in me and I want to show my value here. 

"I don't feel that I'm on my way out. I hope to stay at Inter. The young players feel the faith of the coach and of the club: me, Juan Jesus, Benassi, Bessa and the others."

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