Philippe Coutinho meets Barcelona team-mates Suarez, Pique and Paulinho
Philippe Coutinho met his new Barcelona team-mates on Tuesday as he continues to settle at his new club.
The Brazilian midfielder joined the Nou Camp club in a £145million move from Liverpool over the weekend, ending one of the longest-running transfer sagas in world football.
Sportsmail revealed that Luis Suarez had signed for a house for Coutinho in anticipation of his arrival.
And Coutinho also flagged up the opportunity to play with his compatriot Paulinho as a reason why he wanted to join the Spanish giants.
Therefore it was no surprise to see both Suarez and Paulinho in the welcoming party on Tuesday morning.
Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique, often considered to be one of the bigger voices in the dressing room, was also snapped greeting his new team-mate.
Coutinho has already expressed his delight at the move, admitting that there was no other club in the world he would have been so keen to leave Liverpool for.
That much was clear as he was unveiled on Monday. The 25-year-old was all smiles throughout his tour of the Nou Camp.
He was shown the club museum, pressed his name on a Barcelona shirt and did the traditional kick-ups on the hallowed turf of the famous ground.
Coutinho is still waiting to find out which squad number he will be assigned at Barcelona, with his usual No 10 already occupied by the unmovable Lionel Messi.
There are suggestions he could be given the No 14. That would be a partial tribute to the legendary Johan Cruyff, although the Dutch wizard never wore that number during his time in Catalonia.
He also spent some time on Monday paying tribute to the Liverpool fans after his move. ‘I leave Liverpool because Barcelona is a dream for me,’ Coutinho wrote on Instagram.
‘Liverpool was a dream that I was fortunate enough to realise and I have given five years of my life to it.
‘A career on the pitch only lasts for so long and to play for Barcelona as well as Liverpool is something I want to experience and enjoy while I am blessed enough to be able to do so.
‘I hope the supporters understand that choosing to experience something new is not about diminishing their importance to me or the club’s importance.
‘Nothing will ever diminish that in my heart.’