SPORTS: RONALDINHO: BARCELONA ARE WATCHING COUTINHO

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The former Brazil international has
revealed that the Catalan club are paying
close attention to the Liverpool attacker
Ronaldinho has claimed that former club
Barcelona are watching Philippe Coutinho,
and have ‘a lot of admiration’ for the
Liverpool star.
The Brazilian, who lined out for the
Catalan giants between 2003 and 2008 is
currently a club ambassador for Barcelona,
and believes Luis Enrique’s side are
interested in the 24-year-old.

Coutinho is currently sidelined with an
ankle injury, but is due to return in the
next few weeks. He had been in excellent
form for Jurgen Klopp’s side before his
injury, scoring five goals in 13 Premier
League games this season.
Ronaldinho has backed him to pick up
from where he left off when he returns, and
believes he will continue to be monitored
by Barcelona if he can keep impressing.
“I hope when he returns from injury that he
will continue the form he has been
showing all season with Liverpool,” the 36-
year-old told the Sun.
“He has been one of the stand out players
in Europe this season – and I know there is
a lot of admiration of him at Barcelona.
“Liverpool will want to keep him, they have
built the team around him.

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“But when you play at that level then there
is always interest.”

Coutinho has previously been linked with a
move to Barcelona, where midfielder Xavi
has indicated his desire to play alongside
the Brazil international.
“When you play at the level he is there is
always going to be talk, but for now he
needs to ignore all that and stay focused,
because I think Liverpool have a real
chance this season.,” Xavi told Goal.
“There are not many players that can
improve Barcelona, but if you are asking
me if he is one of them, on this form, I
think he is. Technically he is very good. He
would suit Barcelona’s philosophy well.”

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