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Aston Villa boss Gerrard yet to make Coutinho future decision

Wed 09 March 2022 | 14:34

The Aston Villa boss revealed that they have not yet made a decision on Philippe Coutinho’s future and whether they will pen a permanent deal with him in the summer.

Philippe Coutinho

made a move to

Aston Villa

in January from

Barcelona

on a six-month on loan contract and has had a great impact on the team.

The Brazilian forward has been involved in six goals in his seven appearances in the

Premier League

, meeting the target three times and contributing three assists since he reunited with his ex-Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard, who is managing Villa now.

"

When he's comfortable, he's happy and he's enjoying his football we all know we're dealing with a world-class talent,"

Gerrard said.

"For me, it doesn't make sense to make any decisions now or say anything else on this, we just need to keep enjoying him and keep him healthy from now until the end of the season."

The 29-year-old’s loan deal ends when the season is over and the club owners and Gerrard are going to need to make a decision on whether they can afford changing his deal to a permanent one.

"He's had a massive impact at Villa Park.

"When he signed, I thought that we'd have to wait and see what happens. He hadn't played a lot of football and he'd been away from the Premier League for a good while, but against Southampton he was breathtaking.

"It was an outstanding performance.

"I think Villa will have to now look at selling Emi Buendia with a view to signing Coutinho. I'm not sure both of them can play in the same team. I don't think Villa are that good that they can play both in the same side at the same time."

"I thought the win against Southampton was a big result for Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa.

"They were stuck in a bit of treacle recently but then they've had two great results back-to-back with wins against Brighton and Southampton.

"What Gerrard will be looking for now is consistency, and that is the thing that hasn't been at Villa for the last few years.

"They've now had two very good wins against what I'd class two very difficult Premier League sides to face, and they'll want to continue that good form."


source: SportMob

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