Posted January 7, 2022 at 6:10 p.m. by BC
As Philippe Coutinho’s departure was formalized on Friday, Xavi praised the Brazilian international’s state of mind, on loan to Aston Villa until the end of the season.
Seeking to part ways with several players to reduce its payroll, FC Barcelona reached an agreement with Aston Villa for Philippe Coutinho. The latter will therefore play under Steven Gerrard until the end of the season on a loan with a non-compulsory purchase option. A relief for Joan Laporta , who therefore manages to free a player with XXL emoluments in Catalonia. For his part, Philippe Coutinho will try to revive in Premier League , a championship in which he shone with side of Liverpool between 2013 and 2018. A choice hailed by Xavi .
“That says a lot about him”
Present at a press conference this Friday on the eve of the trip to Granada , Xavi praised the state of mind of Philippe Coutinho , who agreed to leave FC Barcelona to relaunch his career. “It says a lot about him that he wanted to leave to get playing minutes. He lowered his salary, he's a great professional. He wants to succeed. He finds it difficult here and he looked for a solution, “said the Barça coach, in remarks relayed by Sport.