Footballing legend Ronaldinho has told Liverpool fans not to worry about Philippe Coutinho’s imminent return to the club.
Coutinho was heavily linked with a move to Barcelona this summer, with Liverpool rejecting a number of bids for the Brazilian playmaker. The Catalan club have claimed that Liverpool demanded a staggering €200m fee on transfer deadline day, a fee that they were unable, and unwilling to spend.
The break down in the move has reportedly left Coutinho disappointed and frustrated after he submitted a transfer request last month, but his Brazilian compatriot Ronaldinho has told Liverpool fans not to worry about their star asset amid reports he could refuse to play in Liverpool’s upcoming Champions League games to to prevent him from being cup tied.
“This season they will see him give everything for the club – that is the sort of player he is.
“Also no player is going to refuse to play when it’s the World Cup at the end of the season.
“The Liverpool fans have nothing to worry about – I do not believe any of the stories about him refusing to play for the club. I know him that is not his way.”
Coutinho returned from Brazil over night in a private jet, alongside Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho, as well as Manchester City’s Gabriel Jesus, Ederson, and Fernandinho, as well as Chelsea winger Willian.
However, Ronaldinho also warned Liverpool that although they have kept the midfielder for now, he is sure his former club will come calling again.
“He made it clear that he wanted to join Barcelona this summer – he will be disappointed as it is a dream for players to want to play for Barcelona – but I am sure he will still get that chance.
“They made it clear how much they wanted him and I am sure that they will come back for him.”
Ronaldinho played for the Catalan club between 2003 and 2008.