Coutinho: Why I Joined Barca
Philippe Coutinho: Why I Joined FC Barcelona
Brazil international Philippe Coutinho has revealed why he desperately wanted to join Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
The attacking midfielder, who has agreed a five-year deal with the Blaugrana, reportedly cost them €160 million (R2.37 billion) and is expected to be officially unveiled on Monday afternoon.
While doing a tour of the Camp Nou with club officials, Coutinho told members of the media that he is excited to start his new adventure, which will see him line up alongside a few of his "idols".
"I am very happy. I have always said I am living a dream, we are delighted to be here," Coutinho told Barcelona's official website.
"To be able to play football, win titles, make the fans happy and play with a smile. These are the objectives.
"It is incredible to know I will be around idols, with players who have such a great history like Leo (Lionel Messi), Luis (Suarez), (Andres) Iniesta, (Gerard) Pique, (Sergio) Busquets... all the great players.
"I am delighted to know I will be playing with them and I hope to be able to learn, live and win together."
The Brazilian's move sees him follow in the footsteps of Luis Suarez, who left the Merseyside club for the Catalan giants in 2014.
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