After moving to Barcelona from Liverpool for up to 145 million euros, Coutinho is expected a lot about his ability to shine. However, over the past 3 years, he has continuously caused disappointment for the board of directors and home fans.
The constant injuries caused the Brazilian star’s performance to go down seriously. He has been out of action since December 30, 2020 due to a knee-related injury. With so little contribution to the club, the 29-year-old midfielder is considered a redundant person at the Camp Nou team.
In recent times, there have even been reports that Barcelona are looking to use Coutinho as part of a plan to exchange with Arsenal to bring Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to the club.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona want to keep Coutinho
However, in the latest developments, according to a source from Mundo Deportivo (a newspaper close to Barcelona in Spain), the Catalan team’s leadership has just made a very surprising decision about the Brazilian star.
Specifically, after a meeting with the club’s leadership, coach Ronald Koeman wanted to give Coutinho another chance to express himself. The Samba midfielder has completely recovered from his injury and is ready to play in the second round of La Liga when Barcelona face Athletic Bilbao on August 22.
Even, to increase the motivation to play for this player, Barcelona is ready to give him a special honor, which is the number 10 shirt that Lionel Messi left at the team. Before that, no player “dared to accept” this number after the Argentine striker left.
At the same time, he also gave him the number 10 shirt that Messi left at the club
This can be considered a very unexpected decision of the Barcelona leadership for the star who seemed to have no future at the Camp Nou. Giving Coutinho a chance also shows how much this team wants to see him shine.
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At Liverpool in the past, Coutinho wore the number 10 shirt and had super performances. Perhaps that’s why the Barcelona leadership wants the same thing to happen after giving him the honor of wearing the number Messi left at the team.