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.
Therefore it was no surprise to see both Suarez and Paulinho in the welcoming party on Tuesday morning.
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.
‘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.’