Philippe Coutinho is available for Aston Villa to face Manchester United, but Steven Gerrard will not rush to sign a new | football news

Philippe Coutinho is available for Aston Villa to play for Manchester United Saturday Night Football, but Steven Gerrard will not rush to his new signature, admitting that it is inappropriate.

Barcelona’s initially loaned Coutinho has moved to Villa Park until the end of the season and is likely to be on the bench for Manchester United’s visit on Saturday.

Gerrard also says Lucas Digne is available for the match, live Sky SportsAfter becoming Villa’s second signing out the window in a £25m transfer from Everton.

“They are available. Philip has trained for three days so far without problems. Obviously we have to build up the intensity of the matches and get him back in shape.

Lucas Digne was Aston Villa’s second signing of the January transfer window

“Lucas is a little different. He’s been in group training for some time and was available for Everton before he arrived.

“They are both available to pick with the group and both are in a good place, but it is clear that the decisions will come against the background of the information we have on both players over the past two days.”

Gerrard, who played for Coutinho at Liverpool, said Villa were lucky to own the 29-year-old and did not believe in the idea that he was coming from a difficult time at Barcelona.

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“He is a fantastic talent, we are fortunate to have him and at the right time he will be unleashed,” Gerrard said. “His name alone inspires people, what he did in the game inspires people. I have absolutely no doubt that we will see the real Philippe Coutinho in time.

“I don’t subscribe to this ‘has not had the best time at Barcelona.’ This is a kid who won leagues in Barcelona and won the Champions League at Bayern.

“He’s hungry to play. If we can make him feel comfortable and restore confidence, Phil Coutinho is still inside Phil Coutinho.”

A new deal for the Houzz?

Meanwhile, the club have begun talks with defender Courtney Howes over a new deal, with Gerrard also planning discussions with Ashley Young.

Both contracts expired in the summer, with Villa owning the option of Hause, and Gerrard keen to keep both.

“Kourtney is different from Ashley, there’s a choice in place, and we’ve already started talking to Kourtney,” he said. “We told him how important he is to us and we would like to keep him. He wants to play more, which we respect, but talks are going on in the background.

“Ashley was fantastic, he broke his toe recently but he was a captain and record setter in the group. We will continue to talk to Ash as well but we haven’t rolled the ball yet.

“He’s happy and we’re happy with him. I’m sure it won’t be long before we have a discussion like this.”

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Buendia: Coutinho and I can play together


Aston Villa creator Aimee Buendia has hit his level in recent weeks but now faces direct competition from signing Philippe Coutinho on loan…or is he?

In an exclusive interview with Sky SportsThe Argentine discusses how the pair can play together, life under Steven Gerrard, his current level and his dream of playing alongside Lionel Messi at the World Cup.

Analysis: Coutinho could fill Grealish’s void

Jack Grealish once commented that Philippe Coutinho was one of his favorite players to watch on YouTube. “He’s always had that, you know, going left and falling like a bit of a shin, which I like to do myself.” Now the journey is complete.

While Grealish has perfected his art enough to earn a £100m move to Manchester City, Coutinho is back in the Premier League to take his place at Aston Villa. If the Brazilian can replicate the form that took him from Liverpool to Barcelona, ​​it would be a perfect signing.

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The best moments of the English Premier League for Philippe Coutinho.

There are similarities between the two players. Grealish praised Coutinho’s ability to “get past players as if they weren’t there” and that’s what Villa loved about their former captain. They missed having this player who can achieve things this season.

Is the Coutinho that Grealish adores still around? At 29, there is plenty of time to regain his best form under old team-mate Steven Gerrard, but his career has gone awry with Barcelona. If, like Grealish, Coutinho was inspired by being the main man at Villa Park, there is fun.

Premier League preview: Will Tottenham or Arsenal win the North London derby? | Chelsea’s last chance at Manchester City | Bowen shines at West Ham

Host on the latest Essential Football Podcast Alice Piper join him nick I sawAnd Charlotte marsh, And run out Smith A preview of this week’s Premier League action. Plus we hear from the Sky Sports expert right Now Smith Before the North London Derby.

Part 1 | Alan Smith delivered his judgment in the north London derby ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Tottenham and explains why a midfield battle will be key after Arsenal’s uphill battle with 10 men at Liverpool on Thursday.

Part Two | It’s first versus second in the Premier League on Saturday when Manchester City host Chelsea. Is this the last chance for the London club to stay in touch with the leaders? Could Thomas Tuchel’s win open the door for Liverpool as well? Plus we’re looking forward to Philippe Coutinho’s debut for Aston Villa, as Steven Gerrard’s men face Manchester United for the second time in a week.

Part Three | Jarrod Bowen is in great shape and we take a look at the numbers behind his latest purple patch and discuss how he is leading West Ham to return to the top four race after falling back in December. Ahead of their game with Leeds, we also look at how injuries have made life difficult for Marcelo Bielsa this season. And finally, will Brighton or Crystal Palace take the lead in their rivalry on Friday night?

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