The Brazilian star is not in Xavi Hernandez’s plans. Barca wants to send Coutinho out of Camp Nou this January to reduce the club’s salary fund. Arsenal is said to want to bring the 29-year-old midfielder back to the Premier League to strengthen the attack.
However, Aston Villa suddenly also wanted the service of Coutinho. Steven Gerrard and Coutinho used to be teammates in the Liverpool shirt, so the British strategist understands the ability of this player very well.
Recently, Gerrard shared: “Coutinho is a great footballer. Sharing the dressing room and the pitch with Coutinho is a great pleasure. He is a friend of mine.
He is at a level that very few players have thanks to his imagination and creativity. I don’t think you get the nickname ‘The Magician’ if you’re not an exceptional footballer. You are talking about a world class individual and player.
Coutinho is someone I respect a lot, but I don’t want to speculate any more because he belongs to Barcelona. I appreciate Coutinho’s name and he is linked with Aston Villa. I appreciate and respect the rumours, but I can’t give any further than that.”
Brand of Philippe Coutinho