Barcelona’s latest acquisition has revealed that he’s in awe of both Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta and has further revealed why he joined the Camp Nou side.
After months and months and months of chasing the Brazilian star, Barcelona has finally managed to grab Philippe Coutinho from the arms of Liverpool. Shelling out an incredible £142 million for the 25-year-old, the Catalan giants made Liverpool an offer they simply couldn’t refuse. Now the Brazilian has opened up and talked about Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and even why he joined the club.
The Brazilian has been in fine form for the Reds ever since his arrival five years ago, and over the last few seasons has flourished under manager Jurgen Klopp’s tutelage. However, with Barcelona losing Neymar in a rather shocking transfer saga, the Catalan giants needed a new marquee player and potentially an heir to the irreplaceable Andres Iniesta.
In an interview with La Liga World, the 25-year-old went on to say, “It’s an incredible feeling when you look across the dressing room and see Andres, Leo, Luis and Sergio Busquets, and everyone else. They are players I used to watch on TV or play with on PlayStation and now I am sharing the same dressing room, it’s incredible for me.
Andres is a genius and it’s an honour to share the same dressing room. I hope to learn a lot from him. Of course, there is only one Iniesta. I have come here to try to create history of my own and learn from these great players.
Like everyone else I thought Messi was the best player in the world and to be here with him now is a fantastic honor. It’s a great experience watching him in training and in matches…the way he can transform a match is unbelievable. He is really laid back as a person. Like everyone else he gave me a great welcome. This was a shock because you see he is a real person.
Philippe Coutinho – "It's an incredible feeling when you look across the dressing room and see Iniesta, Messi, Luis Suarez, and Sergio Busquets, and everyone else." pic.twitter.com/mJcAiAmgJm
— Brazil Football (@BrazilEdition2) February 6, 2018
While the Brazilian still hasn’t settled down at Barcelona, only time can help Philippe Coutinho produce his best for Barcelona. But whether the 25-year-old can succeed at the Camp Nou is all down to one person, and that’s him. “I have always said I want to work harder so I can develop, learn, grow and improve,” Coutinho further added.
“I love to play football and when I come on the pitch I want to do my best to help the team. It’s up to the coach the position I play.
There is a reason as to why Barcelona made Liverpool an offer they couldn’t refuse during the January transfer window. Simply, it allows Philippe Coutinho six months of trial and error to find his footing in the relatively brand new league, or rather a league he hasn’t played in since he was 19 years old.
The Brazilian is a magician and has the ability to do great things for Barcelona, but he needs time to adjust.
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