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According to Rivaldo, who admits that his Brazilian fellow was unable to live up to Barcelona’s expectations

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Coutinho became one of the brightest young talents of his generation during a five-year performance at Liverpool. After which he decided to complete the move to Spain with big-money in January 2018.

 

Back to his best

According to Rivaldo, who admits that his Brazilian fellow was unable to live up to Barcelona’s expectations. Philippe Coutinho could get “back to his best” if he seals a transfer to Chelsea this summer. Coutinho became one of the brightest young talents of his generation during a five-year performance at Liverpool. After which he decided to complete the move to Spain with big-money in January 2018. Barcelona drafted a 27-year-old striker for £142 million ($176 million) and tied him to a five-year contract at Camp Nou, but his first full season at the club was not going according to plan. Although the Blaugrana were able to defend their La Liga crown successfully. The campaign was overshadowed by the semifinal defeat of the Champions League at the hands of Liverpool and the final loss to the Copa del Rey with Valencia.

Chelsea would be a “good option”

Coutinho introduced 11 goals for Barça’s case in all competitions, but barely distinguished himself on the side full of world-class performers such as Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez. Ernesto Valverde ultimately decided to send the Brazil international on loan to Bayern, which has the opportunity to sign it forever at the end of the current season. However, Coutinho is also strongly associated with his return to the Premier League. It is reported that Chelsea is leading the race with their signature before Tottenham Hotspur. Rivaldo believes that Stamford Bridge would be a “good option” for Coutinho. So hopes to see how he regains confidence before the next Copa America and the World Cup.

Philippe will have good chances there

The Barça legend told reporters: “After a season and a half at Barcelona and another season at Bayern. Not having time to achieve the same success that he had at Liverpool. I believe that Philippe Coutinho now has this chance of continuing his career at Chelsea could be a good option. “He will go to a big club and a country, and he knows the competition well where he has had his best years so far. So if this transfer happens, I’m sure that Philippe will have good chances to see how things will improve for him in the future because he’s shining already went to the Premier League.

 

“Looking at the last few years Coutinho, we can say that he did not achieve what was expected of him, but he still manages to restore his best football and with confidence back can quickly become that very player, which he was at Liverpool.

“I think that it’s just not so good for him, but we can’t say that he plays badly because it would be a lie. Everything is just not as good as many would have expected when he left Liverpool, to sign for Barcelona. He is still an ordinary in the Brazilian national team and just had no luck with Barcelona or Bayern. But maybe this could change with the new club, and I think that for him. It would be a good opportunity to return to your best football at Chelsea”. Also, next year we will have Copa America, and a year later, the World Cup. Therefore it would be vital for me that Coutinho would play in a good European club. So as not to lose his place in the national team when these big tournaments take place.”

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