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Gerrard lauds ‘incredible’ Villa strategy as Coutinho signs permanent deal and fee revealed

Philippe Coutinho of Aston Villa

Aston Villa have confirmed that Philippe Coutinho has signed a permanent deal at Villa Park following his initial loan spell this season.

The Brazilian struggled for form at Barca but has found his feet again since moving back to the Premier League. In fact, the former Liverpool midfielder netted four goals and assisted three others in his first eight Villa games.

And while the 29-year-old’s direct goal contributions have waned since then, he has still appeared in every game.

As a result, Villa have tied Coutinho down to a permanent deal. His new terms run until the summer of 2026 in a key boost for Steven Gerrard’s side.

The Villa boss told the club’s official website: “This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January.

“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.

“As we look to build towards next season, it is incredible to work at a club that executes its business so decisively and smoothly.”

While Villa claimed in their statement Coutinho has signed permanently for an undisclosed fee, Barcelona revealed the financial details of the move in their club statement.

The Brazilian has cost Villa £17million (€20million). Reports had indeed claimed that the Villains had brought the fee down from an initial £33million.

Barcelona also revealed that they have negotiated a 50 per cent sell-on clause if Villa decide to move Coutinho on.

The La Liga club added in their statement: “FC Barcelona would like to publicly state their thanks to Philippe Coutinho for his commitment and dedication, and wish him success and all the best for the future.”

Coutinho can kick on at Villa

Philippe Coutinho Aston Villa May 2022

The future of Coutinho had emerged as a key issue to resolve at both Villa and in the Premier League.

Gerrard has spoken often about how his ex-Liverpool team-mate needs the right support system around him to thrive.

And now that he has cleared up his future, he can put his full focus into making his mark in the Premier League.

He impressed in his first few games, but he can now get his head down and help Villa with their ambitious plans.

Coutinho has 168 Premier League appearances under his belt so far, notching 45 goals and 40 assists. Coutinho will have his eyes on many more appearances and goal contributions.

For Villa, they can settle into the summer transfer window knowing they have already sealed a key signing.