Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa permanently from Barcelona

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Philippe Coutinho has joined Aston Villa permanently from Barcelona

“This is a fantastic signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional, and his influence on the group has been palpable since his arrival in January “Gerrard stated in a statement issued by Villa.

Brazil international Coutinho joined Barcelona in January 2018 for approximately 142 million pounds ($173.07 million) but had not been able to establish himself in the first team at Camp Nou and he spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Bayern Munich.

Villa are 12th in the league and host Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Story Highlights

  • Coutinho was reunited with former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard at Villa Park, where they played together from 2013 to 2015, and Gerrard currently manages the Premier League club.

  • “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.”