Philippe Coutinho has finally completed his £142million move from Liverpool to Barcelona; making him the second most expensive footballer in history – behind compatriot Neymar.
The Brazilian has signed a five-and-a-half year deal at the Nou Camp, after passing his medical.
The two clubs announced that a fee had been agreed for the 25-year-old on Saturday evening, with the player making his first appearance in Barcelona colours when he was unveiled at a low-key ceremony on Sunday, ahead of Monday’s medical and official presentation.
Coutinho spoke to the fans.
“I’m living a dream. Thanks to everyone for coming.
“It’s a dream for all the players who have been here and those who are here now. It’s hard to explain, but all my family are here to live this dream.
“I want to give thanks for my reception and I hope that soon I’ll be on the pitch to live up to the expectations.”
The 25-year old managed some kick-ups, despite his pesky thigh injury, and had a kick about with a few kids.
Coutinho added; I hope to live up to expectations
“I hope to live up to all the expectations on the pitch.
“I’m grateful for the effort that the directors have made for me to be here.”
Barca President, Bartomeu spoke about Coutinho’s arrival.
“All the Barca fans in the world are happy today to meet Philippe Coutinho,” he said.
“We’ve tried to get him to come and play for us since last summer.
“He was patient and that was the determining factor in bringing him here.
I’m very happy to announce the signing of one of the stars of world football, we hope for a long time.
“Everyone knows him as a player. But what I can say is that it wasn’t easy to bring him here. But he wanted to be here and he’s part of the new project with Ernesto Valverde.
“He has a lot of family with him here today which everyone wanted and that’s what we’ve done to make it happen.
“I also want to thank Liverpool, one of your big clubs, for allowing him to leave and come here. We sat down and agreed and can now present him.”