Coutinho Photo BBC
“Hi Barca fans, I am already here, it is a dream come true and I hope to see you tomorrow, ” Phillipe Coutinho said in a video message onTwitter, finally laying to rest the many weeks of media speculations and denials from Jugen Klopp, Liverpool manager, about his movement to Barcelona.
Later, in an interview with BarcaTV, Coutinho added he was excited to be soon playing alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
“It is incredible to know that I am going to live with idols, players with a lot of history,” he said.
“Footballers like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets.
“I am very happy to be able to live together, to be able to learn from them and be able to win together.”
Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho says his move to Barcelona is a “dream come true” before his official presentation at the Nou Camp on Monday, reports the BBC.
The 25-year-old is set to join the Spanish giants after a E142m deal was agreed with Liverpool on Saturday.
He took part in a brief photo session at the Nou Camp after Barca’s 3-0 win against Levante on Sunday.
Coutinho will officially sign his contract at 11:30 GMT on Monday before being presented to the public.
Coach Valverde Speaks:
Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde says it is “too soon” to determine where Coutinho will play in his side.
It has been speculated that he could play alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in attack or become 33-year-old midfielder Andres Iniesta’s long-term successor.
“We can take advantage of his versatility,” Valverde said.
“He scores and sets up goals, and going forward he can help us a lot as he can play both inside and out wide.”
Valverde is confident Coutinho can improve a side that is nine points clear at the top of La Liga.
Compatriot Paulinho says:
“I think he can bring a lot to the team,” he added.
“He is here now, and good luck to him, because if he has luck then it will be good for us.”
Barcelona midfielder Paulinho plays alongside Coutinho for Brazil and is looking forward to linking up with his compatriot at club level.
“He is a great player, a magnificent player,” the former Tottenham player said.
“I am certain he will really help Barca to attain our objectives this season.
“We hope to see him playing for us as soon as possible.”