Branca: "Due to budgetary issue, we had to sell Coutinho"
In an interview with La Stampa, former Inter sporting director Marco Branca looks back at the Inter experience of Philippe Coutinho.
“No one at Inter doubted his qualities even if that it was obvious that when you arrived in Italy at 18 years old, you may encounter difficulties. Real Madrid wanted him too but in the end, he arrived here in 2010 for less than four million. Is he worth 150 million today? The transfer market has no measure nowadays but this does not only apply to Coutinho, it applies to everyone. These are crazy figures.
“Philippe was unique then and still is now. Playing him on the right or left, it makes no difference. When he dribbles and takes on a defender, he can do it from all sides. The transfer to Liverpool was not because of his technical ability, there was a budget question on the table and the club started to have difficulty then. Coutinho left because of this.”
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Source: La Stampa