Rakitic: The price of Coutinho has gone a little high
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Rakitic: The price of Coutinho has gone a little high

The former Sevilla star did though make reference to the fact Coutinho can't play any part in Los Cules' Champions League campaign.

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Rakitic: The price of Coutinho has gone a little high

The former Sevilla star did though make reference to the fact Coutinho can't play any part in Los Cules' Champions League campaign.

08 January 2018 Monday 13:51
Rakitic: The price of Coutinho has gone a little high

With Philippe Coutinho's arrival likely to increase the competition for places in Barcelona's midfield, Ivan Rakitic has welcomed the Brazilian to the club, although he admitted the price has gone a little high.

Barcelona's perfect Sunday began with a 3-0 victory over Levante before the club's new record signing was present for his first promotional pictures at the Camp Nou.

"My opinion doesn't matter, but the price has gone a bit high, that's what the market dictates," he explained in his post-match interview.

"Every great player is welcome here. I congratulate the president and everyone else who made it possible for him to be here.

"He is one of the family now, we are going to enjoy him a lot, he's now at the biggest club in the world."

The former Sevilla star did though make reference to the fact Coutinho can't play any part in Los Cules' Champions League campaign.

"We are happy another player has joined us, one who is among the very best," he noted.

"Obviously, he can't play in the Champions League, but we already knew that.

"He will help us in LaLiga and hopefully the Copa del Rey, but we must give him time to settle."

The club's domestic form this term has been sensational.

Sunday's win saw the Blaugrana carry this form into the second half of the season, something which Rakitic feels is vital if the team are to be successful.

"We want to continue in this way," he admitted.

"We can't change whether the team is reinforced any further.

"The idea is just to take every match as it comes, now we are thinking about Celta Vigo and little else."

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