Rodgers Says Chelsea Wanted to Sign Coutinho since He Was 14


Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that Chelsea attempted to recruit Philippe Coutinho when he was only 14.

“In the first six months, as I looked at the team, there were some things that we were lacking.” Rodgers told The Beautiful Game Podcast. “Philippe was one I met from my days at Chelsea, and when he was 14, we wanted to bring him to Chelsea but he had already signed for Inter Milan.”

Coutinho played at Liverpool in five and a half seasons, scoring 54 goals in all competitions before his controversial move to Barcelona midway through 2017-18.

Chelsea’s interest in him persisted even when he was older: “During the summer we spoke about him and kept watching him and suddenly he was free and at 19 I thought: ‘Wow, cool, let’s bring this boy in’”


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