Coutinho, the prodigy of the decade, has been kicked out of Aston Villa

Philippe Coutinho, 32, is set to return to his hometown team.

“Philippe Coutinho has agreed to terminate his contract with Aston Villa,” Brazilian media outlet UOL reported on Wednesday (June 12). The Brazilian attacking midfielder is now free to finalize his contract with CR Vasco da Gama, with whom he has already had several conversations.”

“Coutinho was originally contracted to Aston Villa until June 2026, but his decision to return to Basque was not in their plans and the club discussed terminating his contract.”

Coutinho’s move to Basque shouldn’t come as a surprise, as he spent his youth career at the club, which led to his move to Inter Milan in 2008, where he began his European career.

Although Coutinho spent two more years at Basque clubs as Serie A rules prevented him from playing under the age of 18, there’s no doubt that the value of his potential was recognized early on by some of Europe’s top clubs.

Coutinho then spent time at Inter and on loan at Espanyol before moving to Liverpool in the English Premier League (PL) in January 2013, where he quickly became a star.

He was at the peak of his powers after joining Liverpool and stayed there for almost four and a half years until December 2017, scoring 54 goals 메이저사이트 and providing 45 assists in 201 official appearances.

Barcelona (Barça), the club he has repeatedly called his dream team, came calling, and Coutinho made the move to Spain in January 2018 for a whopping €135 million.

Coutinho’s transfer had a funny story behind it. Spanish outlet Sport quoted Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp shortly before Coutinho’s transfer as saying, “Coutinho should stay at Liverpool and build his reputation. If he goes elsewhere, he will become just another average player.”

And indeed, Klopp’s words came true. Coutinho failed to settle in at Barça despite a record transfer fee and was relegated to the fringes of the squad, so he was sent on loan to 토토사이트 Bayern Munich, where he was unable to establish himself as a regular starter.

Coutinho’s subsequent spells at Aston Villa and Al Duhail have left fans frustrated with his lackluster performances and he is set to play his final game for his hometown club.

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