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Coutinho eyes Liga stay

Image: Philippe Coutinho: Enjoying a new lease of life in Spain with Espanyol

Philippe Coutinho is keen to make his loan move from Inter Milan to Espanyol permanent after enjoying his new lease of life in Spain.

Brazilian pleased with impact with Espanyol

Philippe Coutinho is keen to make his loan move from Inter Milan to Espanyol permanent after enjoying his new lease of life in Spain. The 19-year-old midfielder has become an instant hit with the Catalan club and it has been suggested they are looking to secure his signature from the Serie A side on a permanent basis. The Brazilian, who is relishing first-team football, has fallen for Espanyol after joining them until the end of the season during the winter transfer window. "I would like to stay, but I am not thinking about the future," explained Coutinho. "A player always wants to be playing and I am enjoying the time I have played."

Choice

Coutinho joined Inter from Vasco da Gama in 2010 and made 18 appearances for the Serie A side before opting to try his luck in Spain and is pleased with his choice. "It was not like I thought it would be," he admitted. "It is difficult to join a squad and compete straight away. "But all of my team-mates have welcomed me and they have helped me settle. "The coach gave me the opportunity in the first week and I trained very hard to be able to help the team. I am very pleased with the way things have gone. "I am enjoying it all and the players here are very technical and the pace is fast. I have to work harder now than I did in Italy and everyone runs a lot."

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