Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard comments on Philippe Coutinho speculation

It’s a rumour that appears to have legs and Gerrard has had his say for the first time...

Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has commented for the first time on the rumours linking Philippe Coutinho with a return to the Premier League at Villa Park.

Gerrard played alongside Coutinho at Liverpool and has hailed the Brazilian ‘a world-class individual player and footballer’ but refused to acknowledge whether or not he has been in direct contact with the 29-year-old over a potential move to the west midlands.

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“He is a wonderful footballer,” Gerrard said.

“To share a dressing room and a pitch with Coutinho was an absolute pleasure.

“He was on a level that very few footballers are on with his imagination and creativity.

“His highlight reels are there for all to see.

“The name speaks for itself.

“But what I won’t do here or anywhere else is speak about players that belong to other clubs.

“That is not fair or respectful.

“But I do appreciate his name is out there and he is linked to Aston Villa.

“But he is also linked to five-six other clubs in this league and I am sure there would be a long list of foreign clubs that are linked with Philippe’s services as well.

“You are talking about a world-class individual and player.

“I understand and respect it but I can’t give anything further than that.”

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