Philippe Coutinho Pens New Five Year Deal To End Barcelona Speculation
Posted by Bryan | Published on January 25, 2017
Liverpool have announced that Brazilian ace Philippe Coutinho has committed his future to the club, inking a new five-year deal that will come into effect from July 1, 2017.
The fresh deal reportedly contains no release clause, effectively meaning that the Reds will not be obliged to accept any bids from rival clubs, while at the same time making the Brazilian playmaker become the highest paid player at the club. This new contract comes amid a constantly nagging speculation that Spanish giants Barcelona had set their sights on stealing the Brazilian from Anfield. While the Spanish club have yet to formally announce any interest in Coutinho, Liverpool fans will not be too fond of any interest from Spain as the last time Barcelona came swooping down on Anfield, they left with £75million Luis Suarez, and this new contract will surely snuff out any more mumblings about a Barcelona approach.
Speaking after signing the contract, Coutinho told Liverpoolfc.com “I would like to thank everybody at the club, first of all.”
“I am very happy to sign a new contract here. It is a club that I am very grateful to and this shows my happiness here. I will work much harder to repay the belief shown in me.”
“I signed this new contract to stay here for a few more years because it’s a great honour for me. It gives me great happiness because I was welcomed here with open arms by everyone at the club and the supporters right from my first day. I am very thankful to this football club for everything.”