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Klopp and Valverde react to Coutinho’s record Barcelona transfer

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Apart from the two bosses, Chelsea players Willian and David Luiz personally contacted Philippe Coutinho, to congratulate him on his move to the Camp Nou.

Philippe Coutinho’s stunning transfer to the Blaugrana was announced officially yesterday and his Brazilian teammates have offered him their good regards. Chelsea stars David Luiz and Willian were amongst the players who phoned the 25-year-old.

This comes amidst the successful completion of the ex-Liverpool man’s transfer to Barcelona. The Chelsea duo wished him well for his upcoming adventure with the Catalans. While former Liverpool player Lucas Leiva also rang Coutinho to offer his best wishes according to the Daily Mail.

The Brazilian midfielder was ecstatic after completing a ‘dream’ move to Messi and company. In an interview with BarcaTV, he said,”It is incredible to know that I am going to live with idols, players with a lot of history. Footballers like Leo Messi, Luis Suarez, [Andres] Iniesta, [Gerard] Pique, [Sergio] Busquets. I am very happy to be able to live together, to be able to learn from them and be able to win together.”

Klopp and Valverde’s thoughts on Coutinho

Lamenting the loss of another superstar, Jurgen Klopp was unsurprisingly full of appreciation for the 25-year-old playmaker. He said,”It is with great reluctance that we – as a team and club – prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Philippe Coutinho.”

The Liverpool gaffer added,”It is no secret that Philippe has wanted this move to happen since July when Barcelona first made their interest known. Philippe was insistent with me, the owners and even his teammates this was a move he was desperate to make happen.”

Philippe Coutinho was congratulated by many of his national team-mates after his move to Barcelona.

Ahead of his official presentation at the Camp Nou, Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde wished Coutinho good luck. He said,”I think he can bring a lot to the team. He is here now, and good luck to him, because if he has luck then it will be good for us.”

We can take advantage of his versatility,’ said the Spanish tactician. ‘He scores and sets up goals, and going forward he can help us a lot as he can play both inside and out wide.”

Author’s take

It’s good to see that unity among Coutinho and his Brazilian team-mates. Despite being Premier League rivals, they remain full of appreciation for the ex-Liverpool man.

Again it was unsurprising for Klopp to praise Coutino, considering that he decided to part ways with the club. As for Valverde, he would be the happiest man to see another world-class addition to his ranks.

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