Xavi Hernandez: It says a lot of Coutinho that he wanted to go

The Brazilian took a pay cut to head to Aston Villa on loan for six months

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Adrià Fernández

Philippe Coutinho’s time at Barcelona has reached its end. For now. He is heading to Birmingham to play for Aston Villa for the next six months. They will have a 40m euro option to buy. In the press conference before the game, Xavi praised the Brazilian for accepting a departure.

“It says a lot about him that he wanted to leave,” said the coach. “He saw that it was hard to get minutes at Barcelona, he wants to succeed and he looked for a solution. He’s a great professional, he lowered his salary.”

However it won’t be enough alone to register Ferran Torres as a first teamer.

“Ferran has Covid and he was positive again today. Mateu Alemany is working 24 hours a day to sign him up as soon as possible. It depends on the salary limit and an exit somewhere,” added Xavi.

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