Philippe Coutinho has put pen to paper on a new long term Liverpool contract and talked of his delight at extending his Anfield stay.
Reports this morning indicated that Philippe Coutinho was on the verge of signing a new contract with Liverpool, and the deal has now been confirmed on the official Liverpool website.
The Brazilian playmaker has put pen to paper today, with the duration only described as ‘long term’, but newspaper reports suggested that he had agreed to stay until 2020.
“I’m really happy,” said the 22 year-old.
“It’s a dream come true playing for this great club and being part of this squad.
“Today I’ve committed my future to the club and for this I’m feeling very pleased.
“This club is great and the fans have always supported me, so I’ve been eager to sign this new deal since conversations started. Today is a very happy day.
“It means so much. This club has given me the opportunity to play and believed in me even though I hadn’t been playing regularly at my previous club.
“I’ve had a great reception since my first day here. As I always say, Liverpool is a big family and I’m a happy person here.”
Brendan Rodgers was similarly delighted, having been highly impressed with his playmaker’s performances this term – including those that won him the December player of the month award.
“I’m delighted that Philippe has committed his long-term future to us; he is clearly going to be a big part of our story in the years to come,” said Rodgers to LiverpoolFC.com.
“The most exciting thing isn’t just how good he is now, it’s the further improvement he can make in his game. In terms of potential, he can still become even better.
“He deserves all the credit in the world for the attitude he has shown since coming to Liverpool. He arrived as a young man, in a country he’d never lived in before and joined a club where expectations are high. He has shown a willingness to listen, learn and improve.”