Philippe Coutinho Set for Aston Villa Exit as Emery Rebuilds

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End of the Road for Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho’s time at Aston Villa appears to be drawing to a close. The club, under the guidance of Unai Emery, has decided that the Brazilian midfielder does not feature in their future plans. Despite a contract running until 2026, Coutinho is set to depart Villa Park, with a return to Brazil being a likely next step for the player.

Loan Spells and a Potential Homecoming

After a stint at Al-Duhail in the Qatar Stars League, where Coutinho managed to net three goals and provide two assists across 16 matches, his journey with Villa seems to be over. A move back to his native Brazil could be on the horizon, although this would likely require Aston Villa to contribute significantly towards his substantial wages.

Villa’s Successful Season and Midfield Depth

During Coutinho’s absence, Aston Villa has flourished, securing a coveted spot in the Champions League. Emery’s current selection of players has excelled in the attacking midfielder’s role, with Moussa Diaby, Leon Bailey, and Morgan Rodgers covering the wide areas, and John McGinn, Youri Tielemans, and Jacob Ramsey commanding the advanced midfield positions.

Coutinho’s Villa Legacy

Having joined Aston Villa initially on loan from Barcelona before making a £17 million permanent move in 2022, Coutinho’s contribution of six goals and three assists in 43 appearances has been underwhelming. The club is now poised to sever ties with the Brazilian playmaker, despite him being only halfway through his contract.

Emery’s Ambitious Plans for Villa

With Emery at the helm, Aston Villa’s ambitions are clear, as evidenced by their Champions League qualification. As the team looks to bolster its ranks, reports suggest that discussions are already underway to bring in Ross Barkley, signaling a new era of strategic signings for the club.

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