Later News Jan 07

Coutinho reunites with Gerrard at Villa, Trippier becomes first signing for new Newca$tle

It has taken barely a week, but clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) have already begun making significant moves in the January transfer window.


Both Aston Villa and Newcastle United today (Jan 7) announced the signings of Philippe Coutinho and Kieran Trippier respectively, with the two players making their return to England after having left for the greener pastures and warmer climates of Spain a few years ago.


Coutinho will reunite with Steven Gerrard at Villa on a six-month loan, which includes an option to buy at the end of the season. Rather cannily – or perhaps out of necessity – Villa will foot less than half of the Brazilian’s astronomical wage during this loan spell, with his parent club, debt-ridden Barcelona, having no choice but to continue paying money they do not have for their costly mistake.


WATCH: Luis Suarez and Coutinho test their Liverpool knowledge


Despite what every Barcelona manager who has been in charge of the club since 2018 would want you to believe, Coutinho is not actually a waste of space.


Just two years ago, the 29-year-old helped yet another loan club of his, Bayern Munich, win the treble, and Villa manager Gerrard told the media earlier this week that he continues to have the utmost respect for his former Liverpool teammate.


WATCH: Coutinho's best moments at Bayern Munich


“Sixty-three caps for Brazil, a serial winner, was incredible at Liverpool, so I can understand why he's linked to a lot of football clubs," said Gerrard.


“I can understand why a lot of supporters up and down the country are speaking about him. I don't think you get a nickname as a magician if you're not a special footballer, so he's someone I have an incredible amount of respect for.”


Meanwhile, Newcastle United have finally embarked on their highly-anticipated spending spree, with Trippier having the honour of being the first signing of the club’s new Saudi owners.


Despite boasting considerable resources, Newcastle were not extorted by Atletico, and paid a reasonably fair price of £12m (S$22m) plus add-ons for the England international, who joins the Tyneside outfit on a two-and-a-half-year contract.


The full-back, who left Tottenham Hotspur in 2019 in pursuit of trophies, returns to the EPL a success story, having won the Spanish La Liga with Atletico Madrid last season.


WATCH: Trippier scores incredible free-kick for Spurs


While Trippier will now have to battle relegation – Newcastle are currently second from bottom in the league – instead of fighting for trophies, he insists he is excited to be embarking on this next stage of his career.


“I really enjoyed my time in Madrid, but when I became aware of interest from Newcastle United, and having worked with Eddie Howe before, I knew this was where I wanted to be,” said Trippier.


“I’m so happy to be joining Newcastle. Everyone knows the fans are unbelievably passionate and I will give my absolute all for them. I can’t wait to get to work.”


Newcastle boss Eddie Howe added: “I am really pleased to welcome Kieran to Newcastle United. I have long admired his abilities and have followed his career, so when the opportunity arose to secure him, we didn't hesitate.


“A lot of hard work has gone into planning for the January transfer window long before the month began, which is clear in how quickly we have been able to complete this move.”




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