Philippe Coutinho achieved a life-long ambition by signing for Barcelona and immediately looked forward to playing alongside idols like Lionel Messi and former Liverpool colleague Luis Suarez.
The 25-year-old’s move from Anfield will cost Barcelona £142m, making Coutinho the world’s second most expensive player after fellow Brazilian Neymar.
“I am very happy. I have always said I am living a dream, we are very happy to be here,” he told the club’s official website. “To be able to play football, win titles, make the fans happy and play with a smile. These are the objectives.”
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Coutinho looked happy as he wore the club’s colours for the first time on Sunday ahead of today’s official unveiling to the public.
“It is incredible to know I will be around idols, with players who have such a great history like Leo, Luis, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets… all the great players.
“I am very happy to know I will be playing with them and I hope to be able to learn, live and win together.”