Written By Jacobs Dunga
Aston Villa have confirmed the permanent signing of midfielder Philippe Coutinho on a permanent basis from FC Barcelona.
The Brazilian star had initially arrived on loan in the January transfer window and after impressing the Villans with his performances, his deal has now been made permanent.
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“Aston Villa is delighted to announce the permanent signing of Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.”
Coutinho has put pen to paper on a four year deal thy takes him through the summer of 2024
Head Coach Steven Gerrard said: “This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January.
“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.
“As we look to build towards next season, it is incredible to work at a club that executes its business so decisively and smoothly.”
The 29 year old has previously appeared for Inter Milan from where he joined Liverpool before going on to make name for himself and attracting Barcelona’s interest who broke the bank for his services.
He however failed to peak at the Camp Nou and was shipped out on loan to Bayern Munich where he won the Champions League before returning to Barcelona at the beginning of last season
FC Barcelona who’re at a huge loss on the Coutinho deal ha wished him success for the future.
A statement on the Barcelona website read: “FC Barcelona would like to publicly state their thanks to Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication, and wish him success and all the best for the future.”
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Coutinho arrived Barcelona from Liverpool for a whopping £142m in 2018 but after four years and 106 games, he’s leaving for a meagre £17m.
He was on loan to Bayern Munich in their Champions League winning season but was nothing more than a peripheral figure at the club.
It was not until early this year when he showed flashes of his brilliance after first arriving on loan at Villa Park.
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