Philippe Coutinho is confident that his loan spell at Espanyol has made him a better player and is now setting his sights on proving his worth at Inter next season.
The Brazilian was farmed out on loan to the Liga side for the second half of the campaign after struggling to secure regular first-team action at the Giuseppe Meazza, and the attacking midfielder is keen to begin working under new coach Andrea Stramaccioni.
“I am a new Coutinho after my spell at Espanyol. I got a bit depressed at Inter because I did not get much playing time,” Coutinho told La Gazzetta dello Sport.
“That won’t happen again, though. Getting regular first-team action was vital for me.
“I really like Stramaccioni’s football philosophy. He’s always ready to talk with his players, and I hope to develop under his guidance.
“He gives you a lot of freedom in attack, although you obviously have to help out in defence as well.
“I have to think about myself now and do my utmost to secure a spot in the first team. I want to succeed here.”
The 19-year-old joined Inter from Vasco da Gama in the summer of 2010 for a reported fee of €4 million.