Philippe Coutinho sent former manager Brendan Rodgers a special text on the day when he completed his £145 Million to Barcelona from Liverpool, the current Celtic manager has revealed.
Coutinho completed his move to Barca on Monday to become the second most expensive player in the history of football. The Brazilian posted an emotional message on his Instagram handle after completing his move and it looks like the playmaker took out some free time to message his former boss Rodgers.
The Celtic manager signed him from Inter Milan for £8.5 Million during his time Liverpool. Coutinho became a key part of the Reds side which finished Premier League runners-up in 2014 and the two enjoyed a good working relationship before Rodgers was sacked in October 2015. It still looks like the player-manager duo are on good terms after Rodgers revealed that Coutinho sent him a nice text after completing his move to Barcelona.
Rodgers said: “He sent me a nice text the other day when he was arriving in Barcelona. He is a great young guy, he was never a moment’s problem for me. He was a magical player to work with. It’s brilliant for both as he is a Barcelona player if ever there was one.
At the time when I brought him, he wasn’t on the team at Inter Milan. People questioned whether he was big enough and tall enough. But I’d seen him as a young player at 18 at Inter Milan around top players and I always felt he had the technical quality.
And, of course, he was always going to get better physically. We kept in contact ever since we left.”
Rodgers believes Coutinho now has the potential to remain at the Camp Nou for the next decade after developing into world class player at Anfield. The Celtic boss further added: “Before he came over to Liverpool, he was low in confidence. I believed in his ability. It was clear what he was. If you see him play now, he played like that when he was an 11-year-old child, if you see videos of him playing Futsal.
Brendan Rodgers (ex-Liverpool coach): "Coutinho to Barça? I'm not surprised. If he was born to play for any club it was Barcelona." pic.twitter.com/VcY1amDNQm
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He was exactly the same. But he needed that belief. He came in and developed and improved. He was outstanding for me and a real humble boy.”
“He will go and join Luis (Suarez) now. They both got on very well. He is in the middle of his asset age, so he’s going to light it up there for the next eight, nine, 10 years. A brilliant player who works really hard and never forgets his roots.”
Coutinho flourished under Rodgers to earn the nickname ‘The Little Magician’ from both teammates and fans. It is now very clear that Coutinho has not forgotten the role Rodgers played in helping him secure his dream move to the Camp Nou. It was really so nice of him to thank his former manager who helped him in evolving as the complete player.