Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho considers playing alongside Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi “very special” as he believes the Argentine to be the best footballer on the planet.
Coutinho joined the Catalan giants from Liverpool in January after an extended transfer adventure and has settled in rapidly, awing with his initial performances. The Brazilian was unequivocally linked with a move to Camp Nou in pre-season and was apparently vexed when it turned out poorly.
But after finally getting his dream move to Barca, Coutinho has the opportunity to be playing next to Messi consistently, with the Argentina star, Luis Suarez and Andres Iniesta establishing a solid impression on the 25-year-old.
Coutinho speaking in an interview with Mundo Deportivo
“It’s something very special [to play with Messi],. “Not everyone has the opportunity to play with the best player in the world. This makes me very happy.
“They [Messi and Suarez] received me very well. They are two great idols and being part of the team with them is a very good feeling.
“But not only with them, also with Andres and with the rest. For me it’s very special to live with this squad. For me, it’s a great experience and a great opportunity to be in this club.”
Coutinho’s transfer fee of €120million, potentially rising to €160m, makes him the most expensive signing in the club’s history. But he insists that is not a cause of pressure.
“No, for me it’s an honour and gives me pride,” Coutinho added. “But it’s something I have to set aside, so I can dedicate myself to playing football and doing it the way I always did.
“I have to improve and do well on the field to help the team achieve the things that they hired me for.
“Being here gives you the opportunity to play with the best and the opportunity to win titles, which is something that motivates me a lot.
“So I am very motivated to train every day to improve and learn so that everything goes well and in the end the titles arrive.”
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