If the team let him play in the right position, then Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho should never leave Camp Nou according to the former technical director of Barcelona, Robert Fernandez. The director also previously played for the Catalan club from 1986 to 1990 and displayed a brilliant performance.
Fernandez served Barcelona as their technical director from 2015 to 2018. During that time, Brazilian star Coutinho took his transfer to Barcelona for a record-breaking $175 million deal. However, it is now rumored that Barcelona is now looking to sell the Brazilian star. Media already linked him with clubs like Chelsea.
Former Barcelona director Robert Fernandez thinks Coutinho should never leave Barcelona
While talking about Coutinho, Fernandez sais, “Watching this Barcelona team, you need fast forward players, able to unbalance the opponents; passing and passing the ball is good but you need the capacity to unbalance because it’s impossible to win games by only passing the ball. I think Busquets, Arthur, De Jong, Rakitic are important – and Coutinho, I think he should never leave.”
He then also added, “Barcelona is different to the rest, possession and good treatment of the ball are required and Coutinho has extraordinary quality. He scores often, so I never understood why he was loaned, it is only about finding his position on the pitch. Maybe something could be done better with him or perhaps the player found himself in a bad situation.”
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Fernandez said, “I think some players need patience because they are the ones who win games. We can’t discuss a player like him, able to unbalance, who works harder, who scores often and he never complains. Barcelona can’t be allowing these players to leave because these are the ones who make Camp Nou fans jump out of their seats.”
The former technical director then also said, “I can’t speak about financial reasons but on the pitch Coutinho is a great professional, he loves to work, but for players at this level when they are on the bench they can lose their course and this is not good for the club nor the player.” He then also added, “He is such a very special player. If it was my decision, Coutinho would never had left.”