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Coutinho would turn down Barca, China for Liverpool



Philippe Coutinho wants to become a legend at Liverpool, and insists it is the only club for him right now.
Coutinho ended speculation over his future earlier this week by signing a new five-year contract at Anfield.
The deal comes with no release clause, outlining the Brazilian’s intention to remain with the club and help push them towards trophies.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Coutinho explained how he wanted to become a club legend.
“No need to wait. I know. I live this every day, I can smell it. I see the ambition of the club, my team-mates, the manager. I am living it, seeing it. Wait to sign? No. No. Now is the right time,” he said.
“I understand what Liverpool means. We can say Dalglish, Rush, Hansen, Souness, Suarez, Gerrard. I’ve been here quite a few years already, it’s not like I am new. I understand.
“To have signed a new contract at this club, my goal is to be thought of one day in the same way as these players. They are legends. You define the success of a player by his loyalty or his titles. Or both. In order to be part of this group, I have so much to do.
“I want to win titles. Five years is my new contract . . . it gives me that opportunity.”
Barcelona have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old on a consistent basis recently, but Coutinho insists that neither the Spanish giants nor the lure of money from the Chinese Super League will tempt him.
“China, no. I am not interested,” he said. “I don’t think about that, not for one moment. My football is here. My heart is here. I don’t think about any other club. Not at all.
“I believe in finding somewhere you can express yourself, play without fear, play with everything you have. When you find that place, stay. This club, Liverpool, it has a plan. To be back on the top and that’s what I believe in. I want to be part of that.
“From the owner, the manager, my team-mates. There is nothing that stops us competing with the big clubs. Clubs in England. Clubs in Europe. Yes, clubs like Barcelona. Why not?
“This is a great club. I remember how helpful everyone was when I first came to England, like a family. They made me welcome, comfortable. They removed any obstacles, they allowed me to think first about football and second about football. I remember that.
“For certain, I am comfortable here, my family is comfortable here. No doubts.”

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