Andrés Iniesta, the legendary Barcelona playmaker, insisted that he can’t be forced out of the team because of Philippe Coutinho as he is good enough to remain in the starting eleven no matter what.
Philippe Coutinho has become the second most expensive player after Neymar and he is used to playing at the similar position as Andres Iniesta – so it is questionable whether Ernesto Valverde will be able to find enough space for both of these two. He added that Coutinho came to improve the team not to force him to an early retirement…
The home-grown Barcelona player spoke about this arrival as he said, according to Goal: “I’m a player for this club and I’ve always said that only the best can play for this club. That makes Coutinho one of the best. He’s young and he has an innate talent, while Barcelona are a club where he can keep growing.”
He also claimed that he is still too young to be forced to a retirement: “There will never be a player that can make me retire or kick me out of here. At 33 years of age, that isn’t the issue. Coutinho has come here to improve us. I’m happy that he’s one of the best players in his position. He has the things that we like.”
In the end, Andres Iniesta insisted that Coutinho will be a great addition as his skills are on a great level and he will help the team for sure: “He’s a quick and skilful player, who links up very well, uses both feet very well, creates goals and scores them. He’ll find a very good environment to grow here. The money we paid for him is another thing. The price of the market decides what a player is worth. Beyond the madness, we must be happy that he’s ours.”