Liverpool transfers: Philippe Coutinho ‘very happy’ to sign long-term deal

Philippe Coutinho pens a reported five-year contract worth an estimated £70,000-a-week

Philippe Coutinho has expressed his delight after the midfielder sign a new long-term Liverpool deal.

The Brazil international has put pen to paper on a reported five-year deal, which is speculated to be worth £70,000-a-week.

I’ve been eager to sign this new deal since conversations started

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho has been in brilliant form for the Merseysiders in recent weeks, teeing up Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge in a 2-0 win against West Ham United on Saturday.

Speaking to Liverpool’s website, the 22-year-old said that was thrilled to secure his future at the 18-time English champions:

“I’m really happy. It’s a dream come true playing for this great club and being part of this squad.

“Today I’ve committed my future to the club and for this I’m feeling very pleased.

“This club is great and the fans have always supported me, so I’ve been eager to sign this new deal since conversations started. Today is a very happy day.”

Coutinho has scored 10 goals in 83 appearances for Liverpool following his £8.5m switch to the Reds from Inter Milan in 2013.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has previously likened the South American playmaker to Real Madrid star Luka Modric.

The Liverpool midfielder thanked the five-time European champions for place their faith in the dimunitive Brazilian.

Coutinho added: “It means so much. This club has given me the opportunity to play and believed in me even though I hadn’t been playing regularly at my previous club.

“I’ve had a great reception since my first day here. As I always say, Liverpool is a big family and I’m a happy person here.”

Liverpool face Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park on Saturday.

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