Mercato | Mercato – Barcelona: The Coutinho clan goes behind the scenes of his departure!

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Posted on January 11, 2022 at 10 p.m. by TM

More in the odor of sanctity at FC Barcelona, ​​Philippe Coutinho will try to relaunch with Aston Villa. A start on which the Brazilian's agent confided.

Recruited by FC Barcelona to make people forget Neymar, Philippe Coutinho never lived up to expectations. Disappointing in Catalonia, the Brazilian was no longer desired. Barca had been trying to get rid of their midfielder for several months now. The solution was finally found during this winter transfer window. Coutinho has finally left Camp Nou and has just landed at Aston Villa , where he was on loan option until the end of the season. It is therefore under the orders of Steven Gerrard , his former team-mate at Liverpool, that he will try to revive. A connection that influenced his choice.

“The relationship with Steven was key”

This Tuesday, Kia Joorabchian spoke to Talksport about this departure from Philippe Coutinho at Aston Villa . The agent of the player on loan from FC Barcelona then underlined the importance of the relationship between the Brazilian and Steven Gerrard : “As soon as Steven and Philippe spoke together, it was done. They know each other very well and are good friends. When they talked about Aston Villa, where Gerrard wanted to bring the club and what Philippe was going to bring, I think it was over. It was really quick to be honest. For Philippe, the relationship with Steven was the key. (…) It happened because he wanted to come back to the Premier League, he wanted to play with Gerrard and he wanted to play for Aston Villa ”.

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