Philippe Coutinho says he’s honoured to play with football icons such as Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta as he continues to live his dream at Barcelona.
Coutinho, 25, made no secret of his desire to play for the Catalans once interest in him emerged, and he finally got his wish following a staggering a €160 million deal in January.
The Brazil playmaker says he still has to pinch himself as he lines up alongside iconic figures of the modern era with ballons d’Or and World Cup, and he hopes to contribute his bit to win trophies at the Camp Nou, Goal writes.
“It’s an incredible feeling when you look across the dressing room and see Andres, Leo, Luis [Suarez] and Sergio Busquets, and everyone else,” he told la Liga World.
“They are players I used to watch on TV or play with on PlayStation and now I am sharing the same dressing room, it’s incredible for me.
“Andres is a genius and it’s an honour to share the same dressing room. I hope to learn a lot from him. Of course there is only one Iniesta. I have come here to try to create history of my own and learn from these great players.
“Like everyone else I thought Messi was the best player in the world and to be here with him now is a fantastic honour. It’s a great experience watching him in training and in matches…the way he can transform a match is unbelievable.
“He is really laid back as a person. Like everyone else he gave me a great welcome. This was a shock because you see he is a real person.
“I have known Luis for a while, we played together in England and were always together there. I talked to him a lot before I came and he has helped me settle down here. He is an incredible player. He is always scoring, pressuring the opposition, fighting for the ball, he is a real star.”
“I have always said I want to work harder so I can develop, learn, grow and improve,” he said.
“I love to play football and when I come on the pitch I want to do my best to help the team. It’s up to the coach the position I play.
“I am coming here to learn and contribute with my style of football. The most important thing for me in my time here is to win titles. My dream in this shirt is to make the fans happy, win trophies for them and enjoy playing in the Barca colours.”