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Philippe Coutinho completes his loan move to Aston Villa

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Philippe Coutinho completes his loan move to Aston Villa

Aston Villa confirms the signing of Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona.

Aston Villa have completed the signing of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho on a six-month loan from Barcelona.

The 29-year-old struggled for minutes under both Ronald Koeman and Xavi and was keen to leave in a search of the playing time that could get him a spot in the Brazil squad for the 2022 World Cup.

A deal was struck last week and Coutinho arrived in Birmingham on Tuesday, having already completed his medical and obtained a work permit, and Villa have now confirmed everything has been finalised.

 

Philippe Coutinho

 

As part of the deal, Villa also have a £33m option to buy Coutinho permanently at the end of the season.

“It’s a pleasure to be here; it’s a great club,

“Coutinho said. “I spoke a lot with the manager, with Stevie, and he told me about the club and his ambitions. I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking to enjoy my football.

“I’ve known Stevie for a long time. I played with him and learned a lot from him. He’s someone who I have big admiration for.

I hope to do my best here. For sure, I will work hard, and I hope together we can do good work.

“I hope it will be a great rest of the season here.”

For Coutinho, it’s a chance to add to the 152 appearances he made in the Premier League.

He bagged 41 goals in the competition for Liverpool between 2013 and 2018, chipping in with 37 assists for good measure.

The Brazillian Midfielder has played for many big European clubs like Inter Milan, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Barcelona.

Coutinho has won two league titles with Barcelona and a Treble with Bayern Munich, While he was on loan with the German giants.

Where he will fit?

Coutinho is a Number 10 and Steven Gerrard mostly prefer a 4-3-3 formation for his Villa team and in my opinion, the left-wing will be the best position for the Brazillian.

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