Aston Villa head coach Steven Gerrard has come out to speak on Barcelona star Philippe Coutinho. The manager said the Brazilian is a “special footballer” but will not say whether Aston Villa is trying to sign him or not. Aston Villa is among a number of English Premier League teams monitoring the 29-year-old player.
Steven Gerrard Silent over Philippe Coutinho’s Coming
The Brazil playmaker played alongside Gerrard when Liverpool almost won the Premier League in 2014. When “asked about the Brazilian, the former Liverpool and England player said: “He is someone I’ve got an incredible amount of respect for, but I don’t want to add to speculation because he belongs to Barcelona.” He also said: “I don’t think you get a nickname of ‘The Magician’ if you’re not a special footballer.”
“I’ve got nothing but positive things to say about the player. He’s a friend of mine, so if I’m asked the questions, I can speak for as long as you want. But if you’re trying to link it to any speculation or catch me out, you’re in for a long afternoon.” Steven Gerrard played alongside Coutinho at Liverpool between 2013 and 2015
Coutinho’s career at Barcelona has gone to worst, and even though he is the most expensive player in the club, he has suffered consistency in the club.
Arsenal, Everton, Newcastle, and Tottenham have all indicated interest in the player. Still, Steven Gerrard has decided to keep calm on coming to Aston Villa even though it is possible.