Philippe Coutinho seems like a nice young man.
Liverpool’s Brazilian attacker is speaking about his future after authoring a UEFA Champions League hat trick against Spartak Moscow on Thursday.
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He’s saying all the right things about his time with Liverpool, and is exhibiting class regarding a fairly clear desire to join Barcelona.
La Liga’s giants recruiting him hard this summer, but Liverpool would not budge despite several big money offers for the playmaker. From Sky Sports:
“I do not know how the future is going to be. What will happen in January, we will know it in January. I do not know if there will be an offer.
“Last summer there was a job offer in the same way that happens with any employee and I was interested in it. Since I stayed I have played with will and desire.”
Coutinho’s calm and measured comments exhibit his lack of power in the situation, and also a healthy respect for what Liverpool has done for him.
It seems unlikely Barcelona will make a run at Coutinho in January given the 25 year old’s inability to represent another club in the Champions League this season, let alone Liverpool’s contention in multiple competitions, but there’s no reason for Coutinho to close the door.