Pic: ReutersRIO DE JANEIRO: Brazil soccer coach Tite has told midfielder Philippe Coutinho to play for whatever club would make him happy and complained that transfer speculation had affected the national squad’s preparations for Thursday’s match against Ecuador.
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Coutinho has not played for Liverpool this season due to a back injury but Tite has defended his decision to call him up to worldwide duty.
The Catalan giants are expected to table a fourth bid for Coutinho on deadline day, with the club’s technical director, Robert Fernandez, confirming that he was working on signing “one or two” more players before the window closes.
Speaking at UEFA headquarters in Switzerland where he chaired the annual UEFA Elite Coaches Forum, Ferguson said: “If the window closed in July, Coutinho would have continued playing and it would have been gone”.
“It’s important that he is with us but at the same time we don’t want to take any risks”.
Coutinho is now on global duty with Brazil preparing for the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Ecuador, and his national team manager has offered his advice to the playmaker.
“It affects us and it will continue affecting us until the end”, said Tite, whose side have already qualified for the World Cup finals.