Coutinho: I’m happy at Espanyol

Inter-owned Philippe Coutinho has admitted that he would be interested in staying at Espanyol after his loan deal expires at the end of the season.

The 19-year-old Brazilian has been impressive since his January move to the Cornella-El Prat, and has now stated that he has relished the chance to impress on a regular basis.

“Here I have chances to play and the opportunity to do things,” the teenager said according to Marca. “I don’t know if it’s better here for me or in Serie A, but we’ll see over time.

“I have been very well received and I feel happy when I get the support of the people. I am very happy, and I always try to do my best and help the team.”

Espanyol have an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League, and Coutinho maintains that finishing in the top four is the main objective.

“The Champions League is the goal of both myself, and the squad. I want to achieve the absolute maximum.”

Coutinho has scored four goals in nine Primera Division appearances for Espanyol since his arrival in January.

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