Philippe Coutinho’s representative, Kia Joorabchian, has told talkSPORT that none of his high-profile clients have vetoed their wages being cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Premier League clubs such as Tottenham and Newcastle have come under fire for furloughing their off-field staff, while top-flight stars have remained on full pay.
Norwich, meanwhile, have agreed to donate more than £200,000 towards the fight against coronavirus – from the wages of the club’s top earners.
The world renowned football agent joined the White and Sawyer show on Thursday to discuss the hotly-debated topic with the UK currently going through its worst national health crisis in a generation.
“Each different county, each different club, each different association is taking different stances,” Joorabchian said.
“The one thing I can say is that none of the 160 players that I have contact with have objected to anything being reduced or adjusted.”
He continued: “I have players, which I won’t mention, who are doing a lot of work at the moment in terms of making decisions whether it’s in their country or the one they currently reside in.
“All the athletes I know want to be out there, none of them don’t want to be not playing or going in to the training ground day in day out – it’s their livelihood after all.
“When a player is benched he gets frustrated and that frustration comes out, so you can imagine when they’re effectively benched for a couple of months that’s something incredibly difficult for them to adjust to on a day-by-day basis.”
Joorabchian, who paid tribute to all the frontline workers putting their lives at risk during the current climate, also said that players don’t want to see off-field staff suffer – many of whom they have ‘fantastic’ relationships with.
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“Day after day these guys have communication with the off-field staff members and the relationships they have with most of them are fantastic,” he explained.
“They know each other very well and know a lot about each other too – they are all friends. Some of them socialise together when they aren’t in work.
“None of them would want to see any of them suffer, that’s for sure.”