Barcelona’s latest recruit, Philippe Coutinho has been made to feel at home almost immediately following reports that Luis Suarez had signed for a house for him in anticipation of his arrival.
The Brazilian midfielder joined the Nou Camp club in a £145million move from Liverpool over the weekend, ending one of the longest-running transfer sagas in world football.
Suarez wrote on his Twitter, alongside the selfie: ‘WELCOME my friend @Phil_Coutinho how nice is to share team with you again. Lots of success in this new stage, we will achieve them all together!’
Coutinho himself said on Monday: ‘(Suarez and I) almost won the Premier League together at Liverpool [in 2014], it was a great time. We are good friends and he wrote me a lot of messages telling me about the city and the club. It just made me want to come here even more.
‘He (Suarez) saw that a house next to his became available. He didn’t know I was coming for certain, but he liked the idea. It is a kind gesture. We’ve seen the pictures, it looks amazing. We are in touch all the time and I know Luis will help us to feel at home.’
Barcelona stalwart Gerard Pique, often considered to be one of the bigger voices in the dressing room, was also snapped greeting his new team-mate.
Coutinho has already expressed his delight at the move, admitting that there was no other club in the world he would have been so keen to leave Liverpool for.