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Philippe Coutinho completes loan move to Aston Villa

Philippe Coutinho at Aston Villa
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The English club confirmed they have signed Coutinho on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Philippe Coutinho has made his return to the Premier League with a move to Aston Villa. The Brazilian star has joined the Villa on a loan deal, reuniting with former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard.

The Premier League club officially announced Coutinho’s signing by publishing a video on their Twitter account.

Coutinho will wear the No 23 shirt, hoping to finally rediscover his lost spark at the Villa Park. The move will provide the 29-year-old with more game time as he aims for Brazil call up ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

“It’s a pleasure to be here, it’s a great club,” Coutinho told the Villa official website. “I spoke a lot with the manager, with Stevie, and he told me about the club and his ambitions. I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking to enjoy my football.”

“I’ve known Stevie for a long time. I played with him and I learned a lot from him. He’s someone who I have big admiration for. I hope to do my best here. For sure, I will work hard, and I hope together we can do good work.

“I’m looking forward to meeting the fans, to being on the pitch. I know and I feel that they’re happy that I’m here. I want to repay that on the pitch and enjoy my football. 

“I’m looking forward to being on the pitch. I always want to be at my best, doing my work. That’s what I work hard for every day. I hope it will be a great rest of the season here.”

Coutinho can make his Villa debut as soon as this Saturday. Steven Gerrard’s side will host Manchester United after their defeat against the Red Devils on Monday.