Coutinho stays diplomatic as Fabregas wades into Barcelona talk

Date published: Thursday 7th December 2017 10:45

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas has waded into the speculation surrounding Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho, who blasted his first Liverpool hat-trick in last night’s 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow, was a target for Barcelona in the summer.

The Catalans made three bids to sign the 25-year-old, but Liverpool held firm and refused to sell the midfielder, however Barca are rumoured to be hovering and ready to make another move for the player next month.

And Chelsea star Fabregas, who spent three seasons with the La Liga giants, believes the Brazilian would be a good fit for the La Liga leaders.

“I think he’s a great player. I see Barca’s style, the truth is that it has the level. From where I see it, he is more comfortable inside, but the good thing about this player is that he can play in several positions. Being versatile is also important,” Fabregas told TV3, via Mundo Deportivo.

Asked afterwards whether the atmosphere at Anfield was a major reason to stay with Liverpool, Coutinho was pretty guarded in his response.

“It was a good night and the atmosphere at Anfield is always special. I’ve always said the fans here are unbelievable. Today is a good day,” said Coutinho.

“It was a very special night. I was very happy with my goals and the performance. It was special to be captain – I think it was my first time here. We can face some big teams in the next round, but we’ll see who we’re drawn against.”

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