Aston Villa and Coutinho ‘agree on contract termination’ two years early

    Aston Villa and Philippe Coutinho have reportedly agreed on a contract termination after his loan spell in Qatar.

    Coutinho’s career has taken a nosedive since he left Liverpool in 2018 having failed to settle at the four clubs he’s represented since.


    Coutinho is a shadow of the player that danced round opponents during his days at LiverpoolCredit: Getty

    A productive loan spell at Villa Park in 2022 led to him signing a four-year contract that summer and gave hope that the Brazilian could resurrect his career after a disastrous time at Barcelona.

    However, the midfielder is set to be a free agent just halfway into his Villans contract, reports Brazilian media, per Fabrizio Romano.

    Romano adds that Coutinho could be on his way back to Brazil with Vasco de Gama, where he spent his youth career.

    The fifth-highest transfer of all time looked set to take his career to new heights when completing a £142million move to Barcelona from Liverpool.

    But Coutinho’s career has been nothing short of a nightmare in the six-and-a-half years since having failed to truly settle in at the Camp Nou.

    He was loaned out to Bayern Munich in the 2019/20 season, however, the German giants opted to not take him on permanently.

    The former Inter Milan man was handed a lifeline under former Liverpool teammate Steven Gerrard, who became Villa manager and signed Coutinho on loan in the second half of the 2021/22 season.

    Coutinho, who has 68 caps for Brazil, did enough to impress Gerrard as Villa forked out £17m for his services in the summer of 2022.

    Coutinho was unstoppable before he joined Barca


    Coutinho was unstoppable before he joined BarcaCredit: getty
    Coutinho's dream move to Barcelona soon became a nightmare


    Coutinho’s dream move to Barcelona soon became a nightmareCredit: Getty Images – Getty

    But Coutinho’s career soon slipped back into the downward spiral with the 32-year-old just managing six goals and three assists in 43 appearances for the club.

    He was sent to Qatari club Al Duhail on loan last season but now looks set to be without a club for the foreseeable.

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