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Ernesto Valverde Believes Coutinho Will Settle Quickly In Spain

Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is confident Phillip Coutinho will prove a valuable addition to his star-studded squad.

“I think he can bring us a lot of things,” Valverde said at a press conference after Sunday’s game, as quoted by Spanish media outlet Marca.

“Coutinho scores goals, assists, he can play both inside [down the centre] and outside [on the flanks].

“I have seen him play in many positions both for Liverpool and in his national team.

“After taking a long break, he is already with us, we hope he will help us and we will wait to see him train for at least one day to assess his condition.”

Valverde was asked about where Coutinho would fit in saying:

‘He can play in midfield, he can play further forward, he can go outside or come inside. I only know he won’t be playing in goal. Let’s see him in at least one training session first before we talk about that.

‘I have seen videos of him at Liverpool and for Brazil. We know he is a player who will help us a lot in the creative side of the game because he knows how to make and score goals.’

Coutinho already knows all about playing alongside Suarez and Brazilian team-mate Paulinho. He also knows La Liga from his loan spell at Espanyol.

Valverde added: ‘That will help him to settle quickly and great players are able to adapt quickly to any new team.’