Iniesta discusses prospect of Coutinho at Barca

Date published: Thursday 21st December 2017 12:49

Andres Iniesta says he would not regard Philippe Coutinho as competition for his place at Barcelona should the club eventually sign the Liverpool star.

Barca had three offers for the Brazilian rejected by the Reds in August, but it is expected that the La Liga leaders will return in January for another go at tempting Liverpool to sell.

A figure of around £130million looks likely to be offered, with Barca apparently keep to play him alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi in their attack.

Iniesta, who plays slightly deeper in Barca’s midfield, does not feel his place is under threat from Coutinho’s possible arrival, which would be a “boost” for the Nou Camp club.

“I see him as a great associative player, with a lot of talent, who uses both feet, makes goals, combines very well and plays between the midfield and the forwards,” Iniesta said.

“He is a player with a profile quite like ours and would be a great signing if he finally arrives.

“I do not see him as my competition but as a boost for the club.”

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