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Key factor behind Philippe Coutinho choosing to join Aston Villa revealed

Key factor behind Philippe Coutinho choosing to join Aston Villa revealed

Philippe Coutinho has made a return to the Premier League with Aston Villa.

Coutinho’s Barcelona struggles

It’s fair to say that Philippe Coutinho has struggled since departing Liverpool.

The midfielder, once branded the ‘little magician’, left Anfield back in January of 2018 for Spanish giants FC Barcelona.

Coutinho was a pivotal member of Liverpool’s squad at the time, so the Reds unsurprisingly demanded a premium fee with the potential to rise to £142m for the Brazilian.

However, Barcelona no doubt feel somewhat aggrieved by that fee when looking back, as Coutinho subsequently failed to perform at anywhere near the level we became accustomed to seeing in England.

This season alone, Coutinho has made 12 La Liga appearances, but has failed to complete 90 minutes once, never fully in favour with either Ronald Koeman or Xavi Hernandez.

Now, though, the midfield dynamo has finally made a return to the Premier League. Not with Liverpool, though, but with Aston Villa, who confirmed the deal on Friday morning.

https://twitter.com/AVFCOfficial/status/1479385109736394754

Key factor behind Coutinho’s Aston Villa switch revealed

Coutinho has made the move to Villa Park until the end of the season, with the opportunity to play under Steven Gerrard understood to have been a key factor in the Brazilian’s decision, as revealed by The Athletic.

It is believed that the Villans fought off competition from several Premier League clubs to land the playmaker – who failed to impress while on loan at Bayern Munich two years ago – as Barcelona sought to get him off their books in an attempt to register Ferran Torres, himself a recent arrival from Manchester City.

https://twitter.com/David_Ornstein/status/1479370322637897734

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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6 Arsenal FC 20 8 35
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