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Man United & Tottenham stars join returning Philippe Coutinho as Brazil unveil latest squad

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Coutinho makes Brazil return in latest squad

New Aston Villa loan signing Philippe Coutinho is having quite the week after completing his move away from Barcelona on an 18-month-loan deal, and is now set to be reintroduced into the national team fold after Brazil boss Tite included him in his latest squad.

Coutinho, who is also expected to make his full debut for Villa at the weekend, is joined by stars from Premier League outfits Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Leeds as the Seleção look to keep their form alive in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying.

Many of the usual suspects have been included, with Alisson, Fabinho, Ederson, Emerson Royal, Thiago Silva, and Fred all named in the squad.

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With Philippe Coutinho officially in the door at Villa Park, manager Steven Gerrard and the club’s hierarchy managed to secure an incredibly talented footballer irrespective of his frustrating period in Barcelona after he previously shone for Liverpool.

Man United & Tottenham stars join returning Philippe Coutinho as Brazil unveil latest squad

BARCELONA, SPAIN – DECEMBER 04: Phillipe Coutinho of FC Barcelona with the ball during the La Liga Santander match between FC Barcelona and Real Betis at Camp Nou on December 04, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Pedro Salado/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The tactical versatility combined with attacking quality and flair that Coutinho can bring to bear when at his best should be viewed as a massive boost for the club, especially if they manage to secure him on full terms once his loan move comes to an end at the conclusion of the season.

Man United & Tottenham stars join returning Philippe Coutinho as Brazil unveil latest squad

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 02: Lucas Digne of Everton in action during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on October 02, 2021 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

But Villa did not stop there this month, and have also brought in French international left-back Lucas Digne from Everton in yet another boost to both the depth on offer in Birmingham and the standard of quality in what is Gerrard’s expected best XI when everyone is fit and available.

Though Coutinho did not feature in the third round of the FA Cup, it is entirely possible that he will slot straight into Villa’s XI as they host Manchester United at Villa Park on Saturday, given the injury to Leon Bailey in conjunction with both Bertrand Traoré (Burkina Faso) and Trézéguet (Egypt) departing for AFCON duty.

With both January acquisitions primed for immediate roles in the first-team, this could be just the bump that Gerrard’s men need to get back on track for a top-half finish.

This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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