OFFICIAL: Philippe Coutinho joins Aston Villa from Barcelona in permanent deal

Aston Villa have signed Philippe Coutinho on permanent deal from Barcelona for an undisclosed fee.

After initially signing on loan in January, the Brazilian has penned a four-year deal to stay at Villa Park under manager Steven Gerrard.

The 29-year-old has scored four goals and made three assists in 16 Premier League appearances since joining Villa.

Gerrard said: “This is a brilliant signing for Aston Villa. Phil is a model professional and his impact on the group has been very clear since he joined in January.

“With the way he conducts himself on and off the pitch, he’s also a valuable role model for our younger players who can only benefit from his experience.

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